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Standards of Professionalism

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The NSW Police website has advice on how to complain about a police officer

Research Project – Have you been Arrested at a Beat ?

“Well, I was actually caught in the act, and basically arrested. I was made to feel like I had committed an extreme criminal offence. I was made to feel disgusted about my behaviour, I was demeaned and looked upon as perverted.”


According to guidelines set out under ‘Standards of Professionalism’, officers must at all times treat everyone with respect, courtesy and fairness, and respond to any incident in a professional and objective manner – whether they approve of the behaviour or not.

There are also Anti-Discrimination laws in place that deal with any inappropriate or homophobic language and/or behaviour.

Police officers must work within the law at all times,
and the
‘Standards of Professionalism’ remain –
regardless of the nature of the incident.

We are aware that the actions of these officers are in direct opposition to the Standards of Professional Conduct as stated in the NSW Police Force Code of Conduct and Ethics, yet we are unsure if there are ‘rogue’ officers operating outside of police standards, or if they are dutifully carrying out orders… and officers must report the misconduct of other officers – otherwise this may be considered as ‘police corruption’.

Police Management need to address this behaviour and not condone it through their inaction. They would be derelict in their duty if they turned a blind eye to serious police misconduct, which does little to promote trust, community faith and confidence in the NSW Police Force.

We are also troubled that Police seem somewhat reluctant to implement ‘Beat Sensitivity Training’ across NSW – despite the support and work already undertaken by Supt. Donna Adney.


I was approached, questioned and asked for ID.
I handed over my Drivers License, which was checked through the Police vehicle computer.
I was asked what was I doing in the area.
My vehicle registration number was taken down and I was warned to stay away from the park.”

Officers are advised that under no circumstances should information such as your name and address or vehicle registration details be entered into the COPS system purely on the basis that you are in an area that is a ‘known’ beat.

We have also raised concerns with Supt. Donna Adney on several occasions about the existence of a database. This follows several disturbing comments by police officers, and is a major concern in rural and regional areas where men are more vulnerable.

If you have been approached by police as a result of having your details recorded,SEEK LEGAL ADVICE and REPORT it to us immediately.



You have every right to be in a public place without requiring a reasonable excuse – you cannot be charged simply for being there.

Police may ask you to move-on, always be polite and carry out their directions. Never physically or verbally abuse an officer – even if they try to provoke you.

NEVER run away from police, even if you’re afraid. They will chase you and put you at risk of injury.

ALWAYS ask for the officers name, rank and station – which they must tell you if requested. Officers have also been known to refuse or avoid telling men their details – don’t argue with them as they may charge you for something unrelated, simply note the identification or registration details of the police vehicle.

Clearly and objectively record the details of any incident with Police, including the time and date, what happened, and what the officers said to you – this will help if you decide to lodge a complaint with the NSW Ombudsman.

If you have been approached by Police and/or arrested, or feel you were treated unfairly – SEEK LEGAL ADVICE and REPORT it to us IMMEDIATELY.

You can also contact us via email : sydneybeatproject@gmail.com