Police ‘Critical Incidents’ report released
The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has released the Report of the Review of the Oversight of Police Critical Incidents conducted by former Federal Attorney General The Hon Robert McClelland.
The review which was announced in September 2013, was undertaken to address community concerns regarding investigation into incidents involving police and to discover what improvements could be made to the oversight procedure of such incidents.
After reviewing the report, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) has said while it welcomes the release of the report, it is disappointed a truly independent police oversight body was not part of the new proposal.
"There are international best practice models that provide guidance as to how such a body can be established and they already work in practice in countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” said GLRL convenor Justin Koonin.
“The point of an oversight body is not just to resolve individual complaints, but also to address systemic issues and prevent similar incidents from occurring again. That's something that is missing from the current discussion and the models being proposed."
Koonin added it is critical that people concerned about police oversight, sign the petition calling for an independent police complaints body.
Koonin told SX if enough signatures are received, “we can force a debate in the NSW Parliament on this important issue".
Sign the petition: http://glrl.org.au/images/petitions/nsw-police.pdf