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Inquiry Details

Ten year review of the police oversight system in New South Wales

The inquiry was established on 29 March 2006 to inquire into the system of police oversight in New South Wales.
This inquiry was self-referred on 29 March 2006.
Resolution passed 29 March 2006 In accordance with its functions under Part 4A of the Ombudsman Act 1974 and Part 7 of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996, the Committee will conduct an inquiry into the system of police oversight in New South Wales, including: (a) the appropriateness of the respective roles and functions of the PIC and the Office of the Ombudsman; (b) the extent of the powers available to the Ombudsman and the PIC to perform their functions; (c) the management structures, funds and resources available to the Ombudsman and the PIC to perform their functions; (d) the accountability mechanisms built into the system; (e) the efficiency and effectiveness of the current police oversight system and the scope for further efficiencies and effectiveness; (f) any other related matter; and report to both Houses of Parliament on the inquiry. The Committee’s jurisdiction is bound by the statutory limitations in the Ombudsman and PIC legislation and, as a result, the Committee’s inquiry will not include an examination of the outcomes of any particular investigations into police misconduct or corruption.

In accordance with its functions under Part 4A of the Ombudsman Act 1974 and Part 7 of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996, the Committee will conduct an inquiry into the system of police oversight in New South Wales, including: (a) the appropriateness of the respective roles and functions of the PIC and the Office of the Ombudsman; (b) the extent of the powers available to the Ombudsman and the PIC to perform their functions; (c) the management structures, funds and resources available to the Ombudsman and the PIC to perform their functions; (d) the accountability mechanisms built into the system; (e) the efficiency and effectiveness of the current police oversight system and the scope for further efficiencies and effectiveness; (f) any other related matter; and report to both Houses of Parliament on the inquiry. The Committee’s jurisdiction is bound by the statutory limitations in the Ombudsman and PIC legislation and, as a result, the Committee’s inquiry will not include an examination of the outcomes of any particular investigations into police misconduct or corruption.


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