The NSW Government is conducting a review and analysis of oversight of NSW Police. Their aim is to create a single oversight model that holds Police to account.
The oversight function is currently undertaken by NSW Police, the NSW Ombudsman’s Office, the Police Integrity Commission and the Parliamentary Committee on the Ombudsman and the Crime Commission. Critical incident investigations into Police are conducted by the Coroner and WorkCover NSW.
As the union which represents civilian staff in Police and the aforementioned agencies, the PSA is a major stakeholder in this process.
On 9 July 2015 the PSA met with Andrew Tink, the person commissioned by the NSW Government to undertake the review and provide recommendations. He is meeting with stakeholders prior to writing a report.
In our meeting with Mr Tink, the PSA stressed that any amalgamation should not displace our members currently undertaking roles pertaining to Police oversight. That is, members in such roles should not have to re-apply for their positions.
It may be of interest to members that the NSW Police Integrity Commission was created as a consequence of a recommendation of the Wood Royal Commission into the NSW Police Force. This was a measure intended to tackle police corruption.
Mr Tink has invited the PSA to make a submission.