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NSW PARLIAMENT PASSES HISTORIC CHANGES TO POLICE PROMOTIONS

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NSW PARLIAMENT PASSES HISTORIC CHANGES TO POLICE PROMOTIONS

The NSW Government has successfully passed legislation to overhaul the way NSW Police officers are promoted to ensure the State’s best police officers are nurtured as the leaders of tomorrow.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the shake-up would establish a fairer, merit-based promotions system that would prioritise frontline experience.

“All serving members of the NSW Police Force deserve every opportunity to reach their full potential and I am confident these changes will allow that, and improve the Force as a whole,” Mr Elliott said.

“We have listened to the concerns regarding the existing arrangements and we believe the changes proposed by this package strike the right balance”.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the old promotions list which was implemented in 2006, was no longer fit for purpose.

“The Force continues to evolve and our promotions system needs to keep pace,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“This new promotions system eliminates the ‘next in line’ approach, and will recognise the specialisation of roles and the complexity of crime types to which modern law enforcement agencies need to respond.

“This merit based system will see the best and brightest leaders appointed to the roles that align with their capabilities”.

The Police Amendment (Promotions) Bill was introduced after the Promotions System Review sought feedback from almost 3,500 officers and found overwhelming support for an overhaul of the previous promotions system.

The Bill brings the NSW Police Force into line with the Capability Framework applying to the wider NSW Public Service, whilst also retaining police-specific elements that are also necessary.

More information on the Police Amendment (Promotions) Bill 2020 here.

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