Cleo cop stood down amid corruption probe


A top detective who played a central role in the rescue of Cleo Smith has been removed from his post by WA’s anti-corruption watchdog.

The state’s Corruption and Crime Commission did not name the officer, but it is believed to be Cameron Blaine.

The CCC said he resigned as a senior detective after a joint and ongoing investigation with police into allegations of misconduct.

The man is believed to be Senior Detective Sergeant Blaine, who was captured on video asking Cleo Smith what her name was after the girl was rescued in the remote town of Carnarvon last year.

“Oversight of police conduct is an integral part of the work of the Corruption and Crime Commission and accounts for a significant number of allegations it receives,” the CCC said in a statement.

“The investigation is ongoing and for this reason the Corruption and Crime Commission and WA Police will make no further comment at this time.”

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