Heavy fines, warnings issued for dozens of police over leak of Dean Laidley custody photos 


Laidley photo leak triggers heavy fines, warnings for dozens of police after covert pics of former AFL coach in custody were distributed – after almost 300 officers are interrogated

  • 35 police employees were issued warnings following Dani Laidley’s leaked photo
  • Six officers were also ordered to pay up to $3000 each in compensation
  • Senior constables are awaiting an outcome from the internal disciplinary board
  • Photos were shared extensively on social media after they were leaked in May 
  • It comes after 274 officers were interviewed as part of an investigation 

More than thirty police officers and public servants have been issued serious warnings and six have received heavy fines over the leaking of pictures of a former AFL great in custody.

Dani Laidley, formerly known as Dean Laidley before changing gender identity, was pictured wearing a wig and make-up inside the St Kilda police station after being arrested in May last year.

The pictures were shared and quickly found their way online and into the media, sparking an investigation by Victoria Police as to who illicitly distributed them. 

NewsWire reported on Monday that 28 police officers and seven public servants have been issued serious warnings following internal disciplinary action.

Dani Laidley had her mug shot leaked after she was arrested in May last year

Dani Laidley had her mug shot leaked after she was arrested in May last year

Five other senior constables are still awaiting an outcome after facing the internal disciplinary board.

The warnings come after Chief Commissioner Shane Patton last week revealed that six officers had been order to pay Ms Laidley of up to $3000 each in compensation for their involvement in the sharing of the images.

Those officers who were fined have also been ordered to complete a ‘Respecting Dignity’ course operated by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission at their own expense and in their own time. 

There are also three police officers and a custody officer who are facing criminal charges in relation to the leaking of the photos of Ms Laidley while in custody.

Ms Laidley has undergone a gender transition since she finished coaching AFL

Ms Laidley has undergone a gender transition since she finished coaching AFL 

In all there was 11 police officers who appeared before the internal discipline board as part of the investigation into leaked photos of the former AFL premiership player. 

The leaked photos were shared extensively on social media following Ms Laidley’s arrest in May 2020 and forced the Victorian Police into an investigation lasting almost a year.

They were the first photos of the former North Melbourne coach and premiership player in women’s clothing. 

During the investigation 274 Victoria Police employees were interviewed with 224 of those interviewed dismissed after they were found to have only been sent the pictures after they had surfaced on social media.  

Ms Laidley won a premiership with North Melbourne and coached the team from 2003-09

Ms Laidley won a premiership with North Melbourne and coached the team from 2003-09

In November last year the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court approved Ms Laidley’s application for a drug diversion program and ordered her to write a letter of gratification to police. 

Once she completed the program the three charges including the possession of methylamphetamine and committing an offence while on bail, were all dropped.

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