NSW Crime Commission faces staff upheaval, move from drug crime focus

In a remarkably frank session last week with the Parliamentary Committee responsible for overseeing the NSW Crime Commission, the Crime Commissioner, Mr Peter Hastings QC foreshadowed a renewed period of change, turmoil and upheaval at the state’s secretive organised crime fighting body.

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Ombudsman Flags Criminal Prosecutions from Police Internal Affairs Probe

The NSW Ombudsman has foreshadowed criminal prosecutions arising from its probe of the decade long controversy over an internal police investigation conducted by the NSW Police Special Crimes and Internal Affairs unit, the NSW Crime Commission and the Police Integrity Commission.

In legislation rushed through Parliament in a matter of hours last month, the Ombudsman secured the unprecedented authority to give evidence and produce documents in criminal proceedings arising from its Operation Prospect, overturning a four decades long bar on the Ombudsman and his officers giving evidence in such proceedings. Continue reading “Ombudsman Flags Criminal Prosecutions from Police Internal Affairs Probe”

Two Years, $3.5 Million for Ombudsman Police Internal Affairs Inquiry

The NSW Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour, has told a Parliamentary Committee that he anticipates an inquiry into potential serious misconduct in the NSW Police Force, the Crime Commission and the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) involving a 14 year old internal affairs operation will take at least two years and cost at least $3.5 million. Continue reading “Two Years, $3.5 Million for Ombudsman Police Internal Affairs Inquiry”

Crime Commission: Last Bout for the Crime Fighter?

Are we about to witness the end of the fast times and heady days of the NSW Crime Commission? Is its “can do” culture going to be tagged as “should not”? Next week, it will take on perhaps its greatest threat in its 25 years of operation: itself.

When the two AFP officers crossed the underground car park on 2 June 2008 to apprehend Mark Standen, the Crime Commission’s head of investigations, they surely could not have fully appreciated what the arrest would unleash. Continue reading “Crime Commission: Last Bout for the Crime Fighter?”