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

Police bullying needs to end

Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge has called for an end to the practice of police in the Illawarra conducting bail checks up to three times a night, and has called for the new Police Minister Michael Gallacher to halt this obvious over-policing. “Bail compliance checks are an important part of the justice system. […]

You have the right to remain silent

Reports in today’s Daily Telegraph are that the NSW Police  will be campaigning for an effective outlawing of a person’s right to silence. The Greens oppose this threat to a fundamental right we’ve had for hundreds of years. The Daily Telegraph are running a poll. It would be great if we could all get in there […]

“Shoe off”, say Police.

I just attended a stop the war coalition protest against the increasing military ties between Australia and the US. The focus of the event was the proposal to expand the US military’s access to Australian military bases as well as the ongoing unwinnable war in Afghanistan. It was a peaceful rally with participants being invited […]

MR: Locking up children just doesn’t add up

Greens MP and Police and Juvenile Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge today called on Police Minister Michael Daley to give further details on incidents of police assaults on young people, and demanded immediate action. The information was revealed in answers to Questions on Notice asked by Mr Shoebridge in Budget Estimates last month. (Daily Telegraph 18/10/10 […]

Water cannon a washout

“In answers given at Budget Estimates Committee hearings at the NSW Parliament today, the Commissioner for Police confirmed that the water cannon purchased by NSW Police in 2007 for $700,000 has never once been used in action,” said David Shoebridge, Greens MP and spokesperson for Police.