COPS database forum: final report


 COPS Database Forum: October 21st 2015

On October 21st 2015, the NSW Council for Civil Liberties in conjunction with the Law Society of New South Wales held a forum on the Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS) database.

The panel comprised  Jackson Rogers, the NSW Council for Civil Liberties’ Convenor – Justice, Police & Mental Health Action Group (Chair);  Camilla Pandolfini, Senior Solicitor at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre;  David Porter, Senior Solicitor at the Redfern Legal Centre;  and Chris Watson, barrister from Forbes Chambers.

The event was a great success, and discussion both within the panel and with the attending audience brought many issues to light about the functions and impacts of the COPS database including:

  • Can a person access information held about them on the COPS Database?
  • How do police make entries on the COPS database?
  • Are COPS Database entries used in criminal trials?
  • What about false entries in the Database? 
  • Is the COPS Database just proactive policing, and is that not a good thing
  • What would be an appropriate oversight mechanism? 

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COPS Database Forum: Full Report