NSW Police policy “Unreasonable”, “unjust” & “inadequate”

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For nearly twenty years, the Suspect Target Management Plan – promoted as a proactive and predictive policing policy – has been implemented in an attempt to reduce crime in local communities committed by known repeat offenders.

Now, it has come to light that while it had been designed to monitor repeat offenders and prevent crime, it: 1) disproportionately targeted Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children; 2) often involved “overt and intrusive” tactics; 3) was used as a basis for ongoing and repeated stops, searches or visits to young people’s homes; 4) possessed processes that may have introduced unacceptable risks of bias; and, 5) did not involve evidence-based evaluations to assess the success, or otherwise, of the plan.

Camilla Pandolfini, the principal solicitor at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre co-authored a 2017 report that sparked the LECC’s investigation and resulting interim report.

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