Let us assume, for a while, that Broad didn’t know the detail of SIG’s activities with Gilchrist
If his staff were doing their job he knew about the story before Saturday, but let’s pretend they didn’t and the Police weren’t asked for comment until um… midday Saturday. Unlikely I know, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt…
He got rung at about 12:30pm Saturday and told what DS van der Velde was asked. There will have been a meeting at Police HQ that afternoon with Comms, and senior staff from the related business unit(s), some by phone conference. By then someone will have rounded up Gilchrist’s key handlers and someone will have tried to contact Gilchrist (by phone and visiting his home if that didn’t work).
So at this briefing he will have asked for a summary of everything they know about Gilchrist’s activities, and a risk assessment of what the media might have, as well as what’s the worst they might have. He will also have made sure that existing summaries of SIG, SIU and TAU were up-to-date and that summaries of current and recent work were drawn up the Minister will want them. He will at least warn the Minister on Saturday.
Sunday morning, a first edition of the SST will be delivered by Police staff, depending on his management patterns either to his home or to him at the office.
Sunday morning will have had an early meeting at Police HQ. Discuss the story with Comms, get the response nailed. Check the briefing he’s received, ask for more detail (all targets, any other SIG ops which might be problematic, any outstanding complaints, disciplinary cases or court cases). If they didn’t do it on Saturday they’ll start working out who knows what and who they’re going to tell. They know about Rees, Hager and Hubbard what do they have? who do they know? who will they tell? what’s next? They’ll also check their own defensive options: how much dirt do they have on Gilchrist? Rees? Again a big part of the focus is risk what’s the worst that might be out there? Someone from Comms with a good head for political and reputational risk will be on that. Another phone call to the Minister, probably followed up with paper background.
By Sunday afternoon every Police officer who’s spoken to Gilchrist will have been contacted and asked to check their notes were up to date, and for any other information they can provide and someone will have gone through every email, conversation and file note containing information provided by Gilchrist looking for potential fish hooks.
When Broad briefed Collins on Monday he knew about the unions, he knew about the Greens. He knew that Gilchrist had been asked for information on groups. He also knew there was a very good chance that everyone would know that very soon.
If he is competent, and his staff behaved professionally and competently that is.
So, we have three options:
1) Broad is an incompetent Police Commissioner.
2) Broad was dishonest to the media (and possibly his Minister).
3) Broad has unprofessional and incompetent staff working for him.
Pick one (or a couple), and explain why we don’t need an inquiry.