Lobbyists welcome review of police critical incidents
The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby have welcomed NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s announcement of a review into police ‘critical incidents’.
The review announced yesterday by O’Farrell is designed to increase transparency and ensure public confidence in the policing system.
Former Federal Attorney General the Hon Robert McClelland will head the review, with the report to be provided to the NSW Government by the end of November 2013.
Jed Horner, Policy and Project Officer at the NSW GLRL said the GLRL welcomes the NSW Government's announcement of a review into police critical incidents but said full transparency is needed.
“This is an indication that the Government recognises flaws in the current system, and is taking issues of transparency and accountability seriously.
“The inquiry could go further, however. The Government has stated that critical incident investigation will continue to be handled by police themselves. Full transparency will not be achieved until a truly independent body is set up to investigate critical incidents, as happens in other jurisdictions including the UK and New Zealand."
Independent member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich said he welcomed the Premier’s decision to review ‘critical incident’ guidelines. “The decision to make reports public is vital to ensure community confidence about full investigation.”
However Greenwich thought it was unlikely the review would impact on investigations into the 2013 Mardi Gras incidents.
“It is not likely that the 2013 Mardi Gras incidents would have been classified as a ‘Critical Incident’” said Greenwich. “However I will ask the Premier to ensure that LGBTI community concerns about police complaints also be considered in this review.”