You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Top cops shouldn't make siege calls

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

Executive police officers should not meddle in tactical decisions during hostage sieges, the Lindt Cafe inquest has heard.

British terrorism expert Simon Chesterman, who led an expert review into the Sydney siege, said it was normal for top officers to seek information.

But critical operational calls should be left to those with greater awareness of the situation, Detective Senior Constable Chesterman said on Friday.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, his deputy Cath Burn, and then-acting deputy commissioner Jeff Loy will be called next week to determine whether they inappropriately interfered - or failed to intervene when they should have - during the December 2014 siege.

All three have denied giving any operational guidance, advice or orders during the deadly Martin Place siege.

Det Sen Const Chesterman said while it might be difficult for the public to understand, it was reasonable for executive officers to distance themselves from operational matters.

"Do you think it's quite appropriate that executive officers remain out of the operational decision making?" NSW Coroner Michael Barnes asked the witness on Friday.

"I think they should remain out of it, yes," Det Sen Const Chesterman replied.

The inquest continues next week.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon