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From 1 July the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, or LECC, will have responsibility for oversighting police
From 1 July the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, or LECC, will have responsibility for oversighting police. Any police complaints on hand will be transferred to the LECC under the new oversight arrangements. All inquiries should be referred to LECC.Learn more
The Acting Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, has released his report on reviewable deaths of children in 2014 and 2015, and a commissioned research paper Reporting of Fatal Neglect in NSW. Read his media release.Learn more
The Acting Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, has completed his review of police compliance with a statutory requirement to provide their name and place of duty when exercising certain powers, such as search and arrest. The Attorney General tabled the Ombudsman’s report in Parliament last week. Read his media release.Learn more
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Research shows that maintaining one’s dignity (and associated self-respect) is a fundamental human need, and that people are likely to react as intensely to a threat to their dignity as they are to a threat to their physical safety (to freeze, flee or fight). Violations of dignity caused by disrespect, and trauma caused by humiliation, can trigger a range of powerful reactions including anger, shame and even violence. Many entrenched disputes and unresolved conflicts can be traced back to an initial real or perceived violation of a person’s dignity or sense of identity.
Complainants who feel they have been disrespected may believe their complaints were not believed or taken seriously, or their competence and ethics were questioned. These reactions can lead to a quest for vindication, retribution or revenge – all motivated by the need to restore self-respect. Consistently showing respect is therefore fundamental to good complaint handling and dispute resolution.
Our new fact sheet has some of the strategies for treating all parties to a complaint with respect - read our fact sheet to learn more.