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10th National Investigations Symposium

The 10th National Investigations Symposium will be held from 5-7 November this year. This year the symposium will be held in the Sydney CBD. While we have enjoyed our time at Manly, the symposium organisers are very excited to announce the event will be at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Rocks in Sydney. This is a fantastic venue, and will be an excellent location right at the heart of Sydney for what is always a varied and informative event. It provides an opportunity every two years for investigators and complaint handlers to develop their skills and understanding, and share their experiences with others. 

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Official Community Visitors Annual Report

The 2012-2013 Official Community Visitors Annual Report has recently been tabled in Parliament. This report is a public record of the official community visitor scheme for the financial year 2012-2013. It outlines the role of the visitors, their work, statistical information and financial reports.

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Ombudsman staff out and about

Ombudsman staff attended various Harmony Day events across Sydney to celebrate multiculturalism. We attended the ‘Community Information Expo’ at Eastwood Plaza on 20 March providing information and advice. We also attended the ‘Many cultures one community celebration’ at Campbelltown Civic Hall on 21 March, as well as participated in the Cultural intelligence training and the Who are Chinese Australians debate, both organised by the City of Sydney as part of the Living in Harmony Festival.  

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We produce a range of publications including general information for the public, guidelines for agencies and organisations we oversight, discussion papers seeking information from the public, final reports at the conclusion of legislative reviews, annual reports outlining the work we have done during the financial year and special reports to Parliament about public interest issues. Some of our publications are also available in community languages.

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This is the second comprehensive investigation that my office has undertaken into the use of Taser weapons by the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF). The first investigation was done at a time when Tasers were only used by police officers within specialist units of the NSWPF. Since that report in 2008, Taser weapons have been rolled out for use by all accredited general duties police officers in NSW.

View Taser footage of selected case studies.

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