Catalogue of police blunders at party that was broken up

Police tried to suppress details of their baton-wielding reaction to a teen dance event, but freedom-of-information laws have exposed the embarrassing details. Read more…

I’ve had mixed results with freedom-of-information laws. On this ocassion I was able to get a hold of a useful report into the NSW Police. I asked for the document after writing these earlier articles with Herald journalist David Braithwaite.

October 12, 2006: Dance party riot spray row

October 13, 2006: Critics have a spray over police tactics

Two more useful freedom-of-information searches that came back with useful results about the way universities and the police interact.

July 11, 2007: Uni lets police see personal records

THE University of Technology, Sydney, has given police access to student and staff information during the past two years without the knowledge or consent of those involved. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

July 13, 2007: Police got student data just by asking

THE University of Sydney has provided confidential student information to law enforcement officials without demanding a warrant, subpoena or even an explanation. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

RAILWAY stations in central Sydney are the most dangerous in the state. Passengers are most likely to be bashed, sexually assaulted or robbed at city stops, confidential police figures show.

Despite a 2005 RailCorp promise to work more closely with police, there are an average of 18 crimes a day across the metropolitan and country rail network.

There were 1300 assaults, 417 robberies and 111 sexual offences committed during a 13-month period to November 2006.

The data, obtained from police under freedom of information laws, show for the first time the extent and location of crime on the rail network. Read more at

April 28, 2007: Rail chief defends network

In seven years 17 serving and former NSW police officers have committed suicide. In fact, more NSW police have died from suicide while on duty than from any other cause.

These articles examined the traumas officers face on a daily basis and the challenge of making it acceptable for them to ask for help.

March 9, 2007: Training to spot police in distress

May 1, 2007: It’s OK to cry: NSW police chief

May 2, 2007: When thin blue line snaps

May 5, 2007: Hidden scars of a career facing society’s horrors

May 7, 2007: Cops struggle to cope with problems

* Support is available for anyone who may be distressed, by calling SANE Helpline 1800 18 7263 or Lifeline 131 114.