Police (Complaints against), Policy 1966

POLICE (COMPLAINTS AGAINST)

Statement adopted by Committee (6th April 1966).

Complaints by members of the public against the police should be dealt with by an independent tribunal consisting of

  1. a judge;
  2. a senior officer of police appointed by the Commissioner;
  3. a lay person (not a member or ex-member of the Police Force) selected from a panel of five persons representative of various groups in the community, such persons to sit in rotation. Hearings should be in public, with both parties entitled to legal representation. The tribunal should have the same powers as a Royal Commission; provision for dismissal of frivolous or malicious complaints etc.

N.B. In September 1978 the Police Regulation (Allegations of Misconduct) Bill passed through all stages of the New South Wales Parliament.