Former police officers are to be issued with identity cards they can carry around in their wallet to acknowledge their service. New South Wales Police plans to hand out the first ID cards by the end of the year.
However, Stephen Blanks from the NSW Council for Civil Liberties described the plan as "extraordinary".
"The idea of issuing a card to former police officers is absolutely absurd. It is entirely predictable that it will be used by former police officers to get favours from shops and local businesses, who will feel intimidated into giving free goods and services because of a concern that putting a former police officer offside might cause them trouble."
He said such a card could also be used to fool people into thinking the holder still held a position of authority.