New oversight review into police critical incidents
With hopes of restoring community confidence in the NSW Police Force, NSW Premier Barry O Farrell has announced a review into police ‘critical incidents’.
O’Farrell wants the review to ensure community confidence in the system and investigate whether improvements can be made to the oversight of incidents.
Alongside the review the government has also announced the NSW Police Force Critical Incident Guidelines and said the Commissioner or police will now advise the Ombudsman of all critical incidents not just those that result in a formal complaint.
“These measures are designed to increase transparency and ensure public confidence in the system,” O’Farrell said.
“The NSW Government believes it’s important police continue to investigate critical incidents because they have the unique skills and expertise to look into these matters."
O’Farrell said recent reports surrounding the death of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti who died after being tasered 14 times by police, has raised concerns with critical incident investigations.
“This review will take those reports into consideration and consider the adequacy of the Critical Incident Guidelines, barriers to public reporting on the outcomes of critical incident investigations, and whether improvements can be made to the oversight of critical incidents to ensure transparency and accountability.”
A ‘critical incident’ is an incident involving the death or serious injury of a police officer, or a civilian arising from a police operation. The NSW Police Force can also declare other matters to be ‘critical incidents’ if it is considered to have sufficient public interest.