This evaluation of the New South Wales Police Service’s Aboriginal Strategic Plan considers a number of key indicators and output data. The first section of the report evaluates and assesses strategies aimed at reducing the number of Aboriginal people arrested, charged and placed in police custody. The second section of the evaluation considers issues relating to participation, accountability and monitoring. The key issues discussed in this regard are Aboriginal/police liaison, complaints against police, and corporate goals and the impact of the Operations and Crime Review process. The main finding of the evaluation is that compliance with the objectives of the Aboriginal Strategic Plan needs to be improved. In general, arrest rates for Aborigines have not significantly declined for public order offences, and the use of police discretion needs to be improved in regard to intervention and the use of arrest and charge for public order offences. The evaluation makes numerous recommendations designed to improve implementation of the Plan.
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