The president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Stephen Blanks, said the LECC’s delay left the state without an effective oversight body.
“Given that we are already in May and its website says they will start taking complaints in May, the public has got a legitimate expectation that more information should be available about when the LECC should commence their operations,” he said.
“A properly independent body responsible for dealing with complaints about police is a critically important aspect of ensuring that police are properly accountable.
“Interactions with the police for many members of the public are often difficult and in difficult circumstances. There does need to be a proper complaints process and a proper investigatory body which can deal with complaints about the police.”
Article: NSW police complaints in limbo as new watchdog falls behind schedule
Source: The Guardian