The biggest reform to law oversight in 20 years
Our police have a tough job. They are called to make life or death decisions in difficult circumstances. They also face one of the most confusing and complex oversight systems in the world. That’s why last week we announced the biggest reform to law enforcement oversight in 20 years.
We will create a new Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and adopt recommendations from a review into police oversight by former Shadow Attorney General Andrew Tink AM.
Mr Tink recommended replacing the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) and the Police Division of the Office of the Ombudsman (PDOO) with a single body that has two clearly defined functions: detecting and investigating serious misconduct and corruption, and overseeing complaints handling. I thank Mr Tink for recommending a simplified, strong, and fair system of law enforcement oversight.
The current system has multiple agencies with overlaps and duplication of roles and functions. It causes confusion and a lack of certainty for those who complain and the officials who are complained about.
The new body will also oversee the NSW Crime Commission, which investigates serious and organised crime. This is about providing clarity and certainty to our men and women in blue and the community they protect.
Our new Law Enforcement Conduct Commission will uphold the highest level of integrity. This will streamline and strengthen oversight of the NSW Police Force and NSW Crime Commission.