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New police watchdog to be formed in NSW

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Anna Hitchings

NSW police officers will soon be under the oversight of a single civilian watchdog committee under new legislation passed through state parliament.

The bill, passed through parliament on Tuesday, recommends the creation of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC), which would replace other bodies such as the Police Integrity Commission and the Inspector of the Crime Commission.

Police Minister and Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the LECC would streamline oversight of law enforcement across the state.

"This legislation will simplify the current system, which involves multiple agencies with many duplicated roles and functions. Over time, this has resulted in confusion, inefficiencies and failures," Mr Grant said in a statement.

"The LECC will be responsible for detecting and investigating serious misconduct and corruption, and overseeing complaints handling."

Former NSW shadow attorney-general Andrew Tink and Christian Democratic Party leader Fred Nile both contributed to the bill.

The NSW government will soon begin the process of appointing commissioners for the watchdog, which is set to start operating in 2017.

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