Police and Emergency Services

Police and Emergency ServicesThe Greens believe that the current police oversight system is in dire need of reform, with the current system seriously failing the community and eroding trust in the NSW Police Force. For the benefit of both the public and police, a well-resourced, independent, fair and prompt police oversight body is essential.

Too many police suffer psychological injury at work and too often they are not given the support needed to cope with their injuries. In consultation with injured police, their families and relevant experts our office released a comprehensive roadmap for reform on police psychological injury.

The Greens NSW want additional resources for the police, to let them respond effectively to domestic and family violence. This includes increasing the availability and number of Domestic Violence Liaison Officers to ensure adequate supervision of general duties officers.

We are also calling for police to be given training in attempting to resolve situations without the use of firearms or Tasers wherever possible. We will be pushing to remove Tasers from the NSW Police Force until additional safeguards are in place, ensuring that only specially trained squads can use Tasers, that they’re are only used as a substitute for firearms in situations where there is a serious threat of violence to a person, and that they are not used to enforce compliance in non-serious situations.

The Greens NSW are the only major party in NSW that opposes the police use of drug dogs. The use of dogs is ineffective at catching drug dealers but has resulted in substantial impacts on civil liberties. Figures obtained by our office show that police drug dogs continue to be ineffective, with a high false positive rate of 64%.


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State Crime Command will investigate Mark Haines’ death

The NSW Police have today announced that the State Crime Command will review the case of murdered Aboriginal 17 year old Mark Haines. This announcement comes on the 29th anniversary of Mark’s death as his family and supporters joined with Greens MP David Shoebridge to protest the lack of police action at Tamworth Police station. […]

2016: guns, amalgamations and steel

As the year draws to a close we can look back on some of the campaigning achievements of 2016. It has not been an easy year for progressive politics around the world, but here in NSW we’ve had some results worth celebrating. We have campaigned strongly against forced council amalgamations, resulting in many councils being saved. […]

Sniff Off 2016 Highlights

It’s been a huge year for Sniff Off, the NSW Greens campaign against the use of drug dogs at bars, festivals, and public transport! We’ve put out hundreds of updates on drug dog locations throughout NSW, grown from 8,000 to over 25,000 likes on Facebook, and handed out thousands of flyers at festivals, train stations […]

Police bugging report shows serious illegal bugging, but whistleblowers still under attack

The NSW Ombudsman’s office has today released their long overdue $10 million report into illegal police bugging. The report has found repeated and systemic illegal bugging by NSW police officers and the Crime Commission. These failures must be addressed by Parliament. Astoundingly no criminal charges are recommended for the illegal bugging, despite dozens of confirmed […]

Operation Prospect – Supreme Court Hearing on 20 December 2016

                                      The Greens usually argue for transparency and making all information publicly available – so why don’t we think the Operation Prospect/police bugging report should be released? Prospect is a more than 4 year inquiry into a […]

Death of Mark Anthony Haines [Speech]

This speech was delivered on 17.11.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here. On 16 January 1988 in the early hours of the morning, a 17‑year‑old Aboriginal boy, Mark Anthony Haines, was found dead on the train tracks outside Tamworth. It had been pouring with rain that night. At all […]

Police oversight bill passes with missed opportunity to right a wrong on bugging scandal

With the passing of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, the Baird Government has failed to put an end to the long multi-million dollar disaster that is the Ombudsman’s investigation into Operation Prospect. While the bill is a welcome step forward in establishing a single, well-resourced police oversight body and improving police accountability, a number of […]

Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Bill 2016 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on 08.11.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. This is one of these moments when we are looking into the future of not just the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission but also potential changes that have been proposed to ICAC and other oversight bodies. A […]

Aboriginal justice demands far more than another inquiry

The Indigenous incarceration inquiry today announced by the Federal Government is a symbolic recognition of our broken criminal justice system, but comes 25 years after the ground-breaking report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was handed down. The bulk of these recommendations have still not been implemented. Just last month the Bureau […]

Baird government’s sneaky move to tear down the National Adler ban

Baird’s backflip on the reclassification and importation of the Adler A110 shotgun will put community safety at risk and tear down the National Firearms Agreement. Today’s announcement sees the Baird government pretending to support the importation ban while working to reclassify the weapon to facilitate its importation. Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with State and Federal […]