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Planning is underway on the new Gunnedah police station, with Police Minister Troy Grant and Commissioner Andrew Scipione yesterday paying a visit to officers.
Troy Grant said he saw first hand the urgent need for the upgrade, promised during the March State Election.
The multi-million dollar upgrade will make the station bigger, but Mr Grant said the station won't necessarily transition to a 24-hour operation. Read more>>

SYDNEY, May 21 AAP - The way in which the NSW Police Force is held to account could be about to change.
A review, headed by former shadow Attorney-General Andrew Tink, began on Thursday and will look at ways of streamlining the system.
It will consider introducing a single civilian model, replacing the current system in which seven agencies have some form of oversight function.
The review comes after the recommendation of an overhaul by a report into a long-running police bugging scandal.

A regional New South Wales councillor is concerned one and two-man police stations could close due to the risk of terror attacks. 
Karen Hutchinson has set up an online petition to try and save the Stroud Police Station, north of Newcastle.
Ms Hutchinson is a councillor with Great Lakes Council and an egg producer at Booral near Stroud. 
The petit
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has lent his support in with the NSW Police Association in their bid to allow officers to wear firearms and appointments in all state courtrooms.  Read more>>

By Sophie Tarr
SYDNEY, May 21 AAP - The parents of women could be able to request information about the potentially violent pasts of partners under a plan being considered by the NSW government.
The mooted third-party "right to ask" is one of the questions the Baird government will consider as it prepares to create an Australia-first domestic violence register, a discussion paper released on Thursday shows.
Other questions raised by the paper include whether a woman should have the right to know about an ex-partner's violent history, or whether a man's decades-old convictions should be disclosed to a new girlfriend.
NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Pru Goward has called for feedback from the public and will hold closed-door roundtables with legal, social and health experts.
But she says she will put the domestic violence disclosure scheme in place within the year and hopes the scheme will offer women life-saving early warnings about dangerous partners.
"The vast majority of offenders in domestic violence are repeat offenders," Ms Goward said.
"Every time they get away with it, they are more likely to repeat.
"This is a scheme that makes it harder for them to repeat the offence because it empowers women to walk away."
Ms Goward said despite billions of dollars spent over decades, domestic violence remained one of NSW's biggest social problems.
Under her former portfolio of community services Ms Goward was among the architects of the NSW Going Home, Staying Home reforms to homelessness sector funding, which critics say threatened women's refuges.
She said the disclosure scheme could prove to be a "game-changer" on domestic violence.

By  Marie Low
Gunnedah is awaiting news about the next step in Gunnedah’s promised police station upgrade, with Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione due to visit today.
Deputy Premier Troy Grant (left) in Gunnedah in March to announce an election promise of a multi-million dollar ugrade for Gunnedah Police Station. He is pictured here with Oxley Local Area Command crime manager Phil O’Reilly, then Police Minister Stuart Ayres and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson.
Mr Grant announced Gunnedah would get its multi-million dollar police station upgrade ahead of the election in March this year.
This will be his first visit back following that election promise.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson confirmed yesterday Mr Grant and Commissioner Scipione had decided to tour as many regional police stations as possible.
“Gunnedah is the first port of call,” Mr Anderson said. Read more>>

SYDNEY, May 18 AAP - They ran their Kings Cross bar like something out of the Hangover movie, but the party is over for the two operators with the state government slapping them with a life ban from holding a NSW liquor licence.
The rogue operators, John Barakat and Dominic Kaikaty, of Dejavu bar in the Sydney party precinct, are the first people to be dealt a life ban under the state's Liquor Act. The men no longer run the business, which now has new operators.
The pair repeatedly breached the law including serving alcohol to minors, supplying drugs and being provocative to police on social media, Acting Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant said in a statement on Monday.
One occasion involved two minors aged 15 and 17, who were served 10 shots, six beers and mixed spirits. 
The 17-year-old vomited inside the venue before collapsing on the footpath outside where he was kicked by a venue promoter.
The state government won't "tolerate licensees running a venue like it's a Hangover movie", Mr Grant said.
During January 2013 and March 2014 when Kaikaty ran the bar, he was charged and convicted of supplying drugs inside the venue.
"The contempt they showed for authorities is extraordinary and ... the party is now well and truly over for these two," Mr Grant said.
A Wagga man who spat into the mouth of a police officer, spat on two others and assaulted them during a violent arrest has been jailed. Read more>>

SYDNEY, May 13 AAP - A man has smashed his way into a northern NSW police station, searched through drawers and left with nothing.
Murwillumbah police station was empty when the 36-year-old allegedly smashed the front sliding door about 5.30pm on Tuesday.
He was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with breaking and entering and malicious damage.

By Tahmina Ansari
Western New South Wales police say they won't be attending court unless they're allowed to carry weapons into court.
The motion was put forward at a meeting in Dubbo yesterday. Read more>>