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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Find out more about the Greens NSW ‘Police and Emergency Services’ policies

Government way out of line with mandatory sentencing

The government has pushed through legislation to introduce mandatory sentencing for those found guilty of murdering police officers. This legislation has no basis in evidence and is simply part of the Coalition’s aggressive law and order campaign, according to Greens NSW police spokesperson David Shoebridge. “The death of any police officer is an absolute tragedy. […]

Sending young people to court a waste of money

The Greens NSW have criticised plans by the government to send juveniles engaging in street art and graffiti to appear before the courts. According to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge these plans will put more people into the justice system and likely be a waste of public resources. Sydney Morning Herald | Daily Telegraph “Less […]

Lessons must be learnt from tragic death of Sarah Waugh

Next week’s coronial inquest into the tragic death of Sarah Waugh, who died while undertaking a jillaroo training course at Dubbo TAFE in 2009, is too short to consider the necessary evidence and make appropriate recommendations so that such a tragedy never occurs again, according to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge. (SMH 30 May, page […]

Coalition and Labor target the disadvantaged: ‘move on’ laws passed

Legislation passed today by the NSW Legislative Council by Labor and the Coalition gives police extensive powers to move on people they believe to be intoxicated will unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community, according to NSW Greens MP and Police spokesperson David Shoebridge. “Past experience shows that these kind of police powers tend to […]

Mandatory Life Sentencing

Interview on The Wire (2SER) People who are convicted of killing police officers in New South Wales could be facing a mandatory life sentence if a new government bill is passed. Premier Barry O’Farrell, announced the bill over the weekend, saying that the liberal party has been committed to the policy since 2002. Mandatory sentencing […]

New police powers could target the most disadvantaged

New legislation to be introduced by the O’Farrell Government will expand police powers to move on people they believe to be intoxicated. However, these laws are not based on clear data and are likely to unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community. (SMH 20 May p5.) The Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Move On […]

Coalition fudges figures in attack on the disadvantaged

New legislation to be introduced by the O’Farrell Government will give police extensive powers to move on people they believe to be intoxicated. However, these laws lack justification and will unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community. (SMH p5) “These powers are unnecessary. Police already have the powers to deal with people who have had […]

Government must back scrutiny of secretive NSW Crime Commission

Following the decision of the Supreme Court to allow a public inquiry to proceed into how the NSW Crime Commission cut secret million dollar deals with organised crime figures, Greens MP David Shoebridge has called on the NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher to commit to accepting the Court’s decision and allowing the inquiry into the […]

Law and Order Auction Commences

New legislation to be introduced by the O’Farrell Government will give police extraordinary powers 30 years out of date, and, according to NSW Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge will unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community. “Police already have the powers to deal with people who have had too much to drink and […]

Copwatch forum on a Bill of Rights

On Sunday 1st May, David addressed a forum organised by CopWatch on “A Bill of Rights and Police Brutality” at Customs House in Circular Quay. David’s hope is that the Bill and the processes around it will create a cultural change in the way society and the government view civil, social, economic and human rights. […]