The Central Issue Supervisor (COS) is the official person in charge of investigating complaints against police.
But a new investigation by News24 has revealed some of the complaints made against police are simply baseless.
The Central Issue Review Board has been set up to review complaints lodged against the NSW Police Force, including allegations of serious misconduct, sexual harassment and abuse, domestic violence and serious neglect.
News24 spoke to the Central Issue supervisor about some of those allegations.
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This is the first time the review board has been asked to investigate allegations of police misconduct and abuse against police officers.
“The COS is an independent entity and we are not bound by any departmental policy, any policy of the NSW Government, which dictates what the COS can and cannot do,” the COSS told News24.
However, it is understood the review is only one part of the wider process to be carried out, and not the only one.
A police spokeswoman told News21 that it is a policy of police to “review all complaints that are made against our officers and report back to the appropriate senior officers, including the COPS”.
Police did not respond to a request for comment.
‘A bit of a shame’The COSS is also in charge at the time the complaints were made, the Cops have told News23.
As well as investigating complaints lodged by the public, the review boards is also expected to investigate the conduct of police in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and how police responded to public inquiries.
But it’s not clear whether the review will find that any police officers engaged in misconduct.
An investigation by The Age has found that of the 2,979 complaints lodged with the Coss between February 2016 and April 2017, just over half were dealt with.
There were only three complaints against officers who were involved in serious misconduct.
Three officers have already been cleared of misconduct in relation of the coronaveal pandemic.
In May, the Federal Court ruled that four police officers could be cleared of all charges in relation.
The police force has said that officers have been “misled, intimidated, lied to, intimidated and maligned” by the Cos.
It has also said it has been able to identify “a handful” of “very serious and potentially criminal offences” committed by officers, but would not say how many or which.