Centennial for Police Prosecutors


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In 1911 the then Inspector General (Commissioner) of the NSW Police chose a small group of men with suitable educational qualifications, to form the nucleus of a prosecuting section to perform the specialised duty of presenting the case for the Crown to the presiding Stipendiary Magistrate. This initiative enjoyed immediate success with the Magistrates of the day commending the police for their efficient and able presentation of court evidence.

In 1941, the Chairman of Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrates requested the services of selected police to assist those Magistrates at the Central Courts in Liverpool Street. Six police were chosen and trained for this purpose. So successful was this move that another request was made in 1946, for all Stipendiary Magistrates in the state to be given the benefit of a trained police prosecutor.

Today there are over 350 police and staff attached to what is an independent command in its own right within the Force. Police Prosecutors in NSW prosecute about 95% of criminal cases on behalf of the NSW Police Force and various other government agencies in courts of summary jurisdiction. The command enjoys a success rate over 90%. They also support the State Coroner.

Police Prosecutors provide advocacy services for victims of domestic and family violence and are available on a ‘24/7’ basis to provide operational legal advice to all levels of the NSW Police Force. They support major policing operations and serious crime investigations with strategic legal advice and train operational police to become effective and passionate advocates. The Prosecutions Processes section obtains warrants and authorities enabling electronic and covert investigative methods. The Executive Legal Support Unit safeguard the interests of the NSW Police Force with legal advice on legislative reform.

Police Prosecutions is a unique and indispensable organisation striving to deliver the very best prosecution service to the state of New South Wales.


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