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Sergeant Daly, of Williamstown, was reported to have said in his evidence to the Police Commission that he could only account for his not having been promoted by the fact that he was a Roman Catholic. It appears, however, that he only said with regard to his creed that it was probably the explanation of certain unfair treatment he had received during his career. He was recommended for promotion by Superintendent O'Hara Burke, and was promised it by the late chief commissioner, but he was still a sergeant. About 20 years ago, he explained, some 10 or 12 officers were reduced to the pay of sergeants, retaining, however, their rank as officers. As vacancies occurred for officers they had to be filled up by these men, and this stopped all promotion from the ranks for many years. The only promotions since made had been those of Inspectors Montfort and Secretan and those made by Mr Berry .
Ex detective Rourke, another of the witnesses, writes denying Mr. Secretan's statement that he (Rourke) was only a third class detective when in December, 1860, he forwarded Mr Secretan's application for promotion. He was made a second class detective in July 1860, and first class in January, 1861.
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