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Report on review of preventative detention and covert searches tabled in Parliament

The Ombudsman’s latest review of police use of counter-terrorism laws related to preventative detention and covert searches, during the period 2011-2013, has been tabled in Parliament. We recommended that Corrective Services complete its procedures for preventative detention and that the Police Commissioner then review these procedures and those of Juvenile Justice NSW to ensure consistency and operational readiness across all relevant agencies.

The NSW Ombudsman has begun reviewing whether police officers are providing their name and place of duty when they exercise certain powers, such as search and arrest. We will review compliance with this requirement during the 12 months starting 1 November 2014. Learn more.

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NSW Ombudsman Annual Report 2013–2014

The Ombudsman has today tabled his Annual Report for 2013–2014.

Our annual report is a significant way of communicating what we have done in the last twelve months and is also an opportunity for us to share information and increase public understanding about who we are and what we do.

While statistics do not provide a full picture of the Ombudsman’s work, they do show that the office continues to deal with a large number of matters. This year, the Ombudsman received 35,456 complaints and notifications. This includes 9,505 formal matters and 25,951 informal matters.

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National Investigations Symposium

The National Investigations Symposium is a biennial event for public sector investigators and complaint handlers run by the NSW Ombudsman, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and IPAA NSW. It provides a unique forum for public officials to increase their knowledge, skills and techniques, and offers significant professional development and networking opportunities.

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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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