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Australia Police watchdog commissioner sacked after complaint investigation

06:20  23 january  2020
06:20  23 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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a close up of a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Law Enforcement Conduct Commission chief commissioner Michael Adams, QC, and oversight commissioner Patrick Saidi (inset) are both leaving the organisation this month.© Phil Carrick, Supplied Law Enforcement Conduct Commission chief commissioner Michael Adams, QC, and oversight commissioner Patrick Saidi (inset) are both leaving the organisation this month. The Berejiklian government has sacked a commissioner of the NSW Police watchdog, following an investigation into a complaint levelled against the organisation's top official.

Patrick Saidi was removed from his position as oversight commissioner at the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) - which is responsible for investigating complaints against police - on January 15.

Mr Saidi's termination follows an investigation into an official complaint he made against his superior, LECC chief commissioner Michael Adams, QC, who is also due to depart the watchdog this month.

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The complaint was investigated by assistant inspector of the LECC, Bruce McClintock, who delivered his findings in a report to the presiding officers of the NSW Parliament in December. A copy was also made available to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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However, the exact nature of the complaint and Mr McClintock's findings are not known, as his report will not be made public until it has been tabled in Parliament, which returns on February 4.

Mr Saidi's departure means both parties to the complaint will leave the LECC by the end of this month. It also represents significant destabilisation to the small organisation's senior ranks, with the departure of two of its three commissioners in the same month.

A spokesman for Special Minister of State Don Harwin said the government was "not in a position to comment further before the Assistant Inspector’s special report is tabled in Parliament".

"The government hopes the report is made public as soon as possible," the spokesman said.

In a decision two days before Christmas, the Berejiklian government revealed it had declined the option to renew Mr Adam's tenure by two years and he would depart the organisation on January 31 after three years as the inaugural chief commissioner. Former NSW District Court chief judge Reginald Blanch, QC, has been appointed acting chief commissioner.

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The government did not detail the reasons for its decision at the time, and Labor and the Greens criticised the move as a politically-motivated act designed to derail a public inquiry into claims police illegally strip-searched children at two music festivals.

Mr Adams, a former Supreme Court judge, last year presided over the inquiry and had signalled it would take on a new focus in 2020 of examining the psychological effects of strip searches on minors. A report into the investigation also needs to be completed.

Mr Harwin confirmed Mr Saidi's termination "with immediate effect" in a letter to a NSW joint parliamentary committee on January 16.

"I wish to inform the committee that on 15 January 2020 the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, removed Mr Patrick Saidi from the office of Commissioner for Oversight of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission ... with immediate effect," Mr Harwin wrote.

The letter stated Mr Saidi had been removed in accordance with section 77 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013, which empowers the government to remove public sector employees "any time for any or no stated reason and without notice".

In the letter, Mr Harwin also noted that Mr Saidi "was given the opportunity to make submissions to the proposal that he be removed from office" but that he did "not raise any objections".

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