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Baird told to make Nick Kaldas NSW top cop

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

Nick Kaldas would consider coming back to the NSW Police Force to take on the position of the state's top cop, says a coalition of opposition and crossbench MPs pushing for the move.

Opposition leader Luke Foley, the Greens, Christian Democrats and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MPs banded together on Thursday in an unprecedented move to demand Premier Mike Baird anoint Mr Kaldas as the state's next police commissioner.

Current top cop Andrew Scipione is set to retire in July 2017.

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Robert Borsak said Mr Kaldas, who's working with the United Nations in Hague, is not behind their push to have him recalled.

"He's indicated to me that he's very happy for us to make this representation and I happen to believe that if he was asked, he would serve," Mr Borsak said during a joint press conference in Sydney on Thursday.

Mr Kaldas retired from the force in March, saying at the time he was sad to be leaving NSW Police, while shrugging off suggestions he should have been the next commissioner.

His main competitor for the top position is former rival, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Cath Burn.

Ms Burn and Mr Scipione have both faced intense public scrutiny over their handling of the fatal Sydney Lindt cafe siege, which took place when Mr Kaldas was on leave.

Mr Foley said while he was waiting with "very keen interest" on the coronial inquest findings, his push was not meant to undermine the current leadership.

"My judgment is (Mr Kaldas) is the best person to provide the leadership the NSW police force needs," he told reporters.

The premier should take note of their unprecedented call, Mr Foley said.

"Four political parties who have nothing else in common are joining together to say enough is enough, there's a crisis and there's a lack of a succession plan," he said.

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