History of NSW Police Pt 4


Were did I leave everyone, let me check oh year 1987, so let’s move on from there shell we. Between 1988-89 saw the Police Legacy formed to care for the families of deceased officers, it also so the introduction of the ICAC (independent commission against corruption) its role was to investigate complaints against police officers.

In 1889 Newcastle my town had an earthquake and the police were heavily involved in the rescue operations.


Around 1990-91 the wall of remembrance was consecrated in Goulburn, at the same time leather jackets were issued to officers as part of the uniform.

Between 94-96 the Wood Royal Commission into police conduct happened, the result of this was the introduction of the Police Integrity Commission with the appointment of Peter Ryan form the UK as commissioner of police.


It was in 1997 that the whole police service was restructured this saw 80 local area commands as the focal point of policing within 11 geographic regions with specialist and corporate commands.

Moving onto the new century saw the New South Wales Police Force being highly praised for the security arrangements at the Sydney Olympic Games.


We also saw the first female assistant commissioner although that was in Victoria not NSW but thought I would mention it anyway. She joined the police force in 1972 and was the daughter of a former assistant commissioner.

2002 saw the New South Wales Police Force become know simply as The Force. This same year saw Disaster Victim Identification Specialists go to Bali after the Bali bombing and in 2005 they went to Thailand after the tsunami.


In 2003 the headquarters of the Police Department was moved to Charles Street in Parramatta.

In 2004 we had the Redfern Riots and the following year the Macquarie Fields and Cronulla Riots, which brought focus to multicultural issues and public focus policing whatever that means.

Six years ago in 2010 the New South Wales Police Force saw the introduction of the Community Awareness of Policing Program a first for law enforcement agencies in Australia. It provides leaders of the communities a unique insight into policing polices.


As of 2011, there was 19,518 personal consisting of 15,617 police officers and 3,901 civilian personal servicing around 7.25 million people.

This will be the last post about the history of the New South Wales Force but I have one planned about those officers who have lost their lives while serving.


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