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What the LECC will investigate or oversight

The LECC independently investigates cases of serious misconduct and serious maladministration involving officers and former officers or employees of:

  • The NSW Police Force
  • The NSW Crime Commission

However, it is important to note that the NSW Police Force and NSW Crime Commission are primarily responsible for investigating complaints involving their employees and not all cases of misconduct can be handled by the LECC. This means that in accordance with legislative requirements, your complaint may be referred to the NSW Police Force or NSW Crime Commission for appropriate action. The LECC can then oversight the investigation taken by the NSW Police Force or NSW Crime Commission into misconduct matters.

We do not deal with allegations regarding:

  • Federal parliamentarians, departments, agencies or the judiciary
  • The private sector; unless NSW Police Force or NSW Crime Commission officer(s) are involved or affected

We will investigate or oversight cases regarding information that may indicate NSW Police Force or NSW Crime Commission employees have been, or are, involved in the following whilst in office:

  • Soliciting or accepting bribes
  • Perverting the course of justice (for example by planting evidence at a crime scene or interfering with a brief of evidence)
  • Serious assaults
  • Releasing confidential police information to criminals
  • Interfering in police investigations
  • Associating with criminals
  • Manufacturing, cultivating or supplying prohibited drugs
  • Crimes attracting a minimum of five years imprisonment (for example, serious fraud)

Some issues we will not investigate or oversight, include:

  • Customer service issues by NSW Police or internal performance management concerns (e.g. officers claiming sick leave when not ill)
  • Outcomes of traffic or court decisions
  • Issues relating to law enforcement agencies in other states or territories

The above types of issues do not meet the LECC’s threshold of matters that can be investigated or oversighted, and may be better targeted towards another government agency.