Nearly 1 in 10 New South Wales Corrective Services officers faced claims of professional misconduct last year.

554 staff faced hearings on allegations including erroneous release of inmates, Apprehended Violence Orders, firearms charges, sexual assault and failing drug tests.

A spreadsheet of all 471 cases heard by the Professional Conduct Management Committee in the 2006-07 financial year show there were 35 matters linked to police investigations against staff outside work.

The largest number of matters related to allegations of bullying or excessive use of force against prisoners.

(Source: news.com.au)

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