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NCJ Number: 220956 Find in a Library
Title: Politics of Police Reform: Ten Years After the Royal Commission Into the New South Wales Police Service
Journal: Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:November 2007  Pages:443-468
Author(s): Janet Chan; David Dixon
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Grant Number: DP0344753;A59917112
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper analyzes the impact of the 1997 Royal Commission’s report into the New South Wales Police Service, from service to force.
Abstract: This analysis suggests that there have been both changes, as well as stasis in the New South Wales Police organization and rank-in-file culture. The Royal Commission changed the authoritative account in finding that corruption was systemic and that the organization was unreconstructed and dysfunctional. This then lead to major changes in the police organization. The police organization lost operational independence from the government which was seen as a significant development by all key informants. Most of the informants feel that the NSW Police has changed substantially in the last decade. Most of the Royal Commission’s specific recommendations have been implemented; however, the deeper structural and cultural change recommended has not happened. The New South Wales Police is the oldest and largest police department in Australia. This article focuses on a second wave of reform associated with the Wood Royal Commission of 1994-1997. Officers would be called to give evidence. The Commission was able to collect and present evidence about a wide range of alleged corruption and other misconduct. Major reforms were introduced in the wake of the Commission, including the appointment of a new police commissioner, organizational restructuring, a complete revamp of recruit education, as well as increased monitoring and accountability. The magnitude and scope of the Commission’s reform program was bold and ambitious by international standards. This article takes stock of the impact of the Commission 10 years after the publication of its final report. The article draws on interviews with key informants, official reports, and other documentary sources. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Police reform
Index Term(s): Australia; Foreign police; Future of policing; History of policing; New South Wales; Police corruption; Police organizational structure
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