The New South Wales Police Force spent more than $5
million last financial year compensating people who had been falsely
imprisoned or assaulted by officers.The figures have emerged after Greens MP David Shoebridge sent a list of questions to Police Minister Mike Gallacher last year.
One of the questions sought information on how much taxpayers' money had
been spent on compensation for people who claimed rough treatment from
police officers.Mr Gallacher's response to the questions shows a
jump of $1 million in 2010-11 in payments over officer assaults, false
imprisonment or "malicious prosecution", compared to the previous
financial year.Mr Shoebridge says he is concerned, and not just by the amount of money involved.
"We also saw the number of settlements increase from 22 to 34 in that same period," Mr Shoebridge said.
"When we see both the quantum and the number of payouts increasing but no
action by police, then there's a real question of public faith in the
system."Payouts and settlements by police for compensation for
assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. These are
substantial issues."Mr Shoebridge says the NSW Police Integrity Commission should look into the matter, because internal discipline is not working.
Of the 22 cases in the 2009-10 financial year, three involved people who were under 18 at the time.
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