The Snitch: NSW pursuit policy + Assistant Commissioners’ jobs


NSW Police has failed to keep its pursuit policy a state secret ahead of inquests into two fatal police chases.

Despite freedom of information requests and drawing criticism from coroners in the past, the force’s Safe Driving Policy has been kept largely under lock and key.

The policy governs when police should start a car pursuit and when it should stop.

It was due to be brought up again in the upcoming inquests into the deaths of Tyrone Adams and Michael Farrell. The young men died in separate police chases in 2018 and 2016.

Police applied for a non-publication order over all or at least some of the policy but the coroner knocked it back.

Police took their case to the Supreme Court for a judicial review but Justice Peter Hamill SC dismissed it this week.

It looks like the secretive policy document may see the light of day.


The police hierarchy is about to undergo a serious facelift with the pending departure of several seasoned officers.

Applications for seven assistant commissioner jobs closed last week, with a suite of worthy, progressive superintendents throwing their hats into the ring.

Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart is moving across to the Rural Fire Service next week to take up a deputy commissioner role.

Respected country copper Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie is also retiring, alongside Northern region boss Max Mitchell, who will be farewelled in Newcastle next week.

Combined with two new deputy commissioners about to be appointed, there’ll be plenty of fresh faces at the top.

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