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SYDNEY, Feb 26 AAP - A parliamentary inquiry has called on the government to apologise to Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas over the police bugging scandal.
NSW Premier Mike Baird and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione have been called on to apologise to Mr Kaldas, who was targeted in 80 surveillance warrants obtained with false or inappropriate evidence.
The final report of the inquiry into the scandal 15 years ago, released on Wednesday, found a "woefully inadequate" system in need of drastic overhauls to laws around police phone tapping and handling police complaints.
Deep rifts were unearthed at the highest levels of the force and the inquiry also called for an urgent, open investigation to determine who should be the state's next police commissioner.

By Ehssan Veiszadeh
SYDNEY, Feb 25 AAP - Premier Mike Baird plans to overhaul the NSW police force's "unsatisfactory" oversight processes with an inquiry into the police bugging scandal due to hand down its report on Wednesday morning.
A re-elected coalition government will consider establishing a single civilian agency to oversee police conduct, Mr Baird is expected to announce on Wednesday.
"We trust the police with protecting public safety and upholding the rule of law, and they do an outstanding job," Mr Baird said.
"However, the current system for reviewing complaints against police officers is complex and unsatisfactory, with overlapping responsibilities, duplication and a lack of clarity over responsibility."
Mr Baird's announcement will coincide with the release of an upper house inquiry report into the state's police bugging scandal.
The report is expected to recommend the role of police oversight be handed to a newly created single agency, Fairfax Media says.
Mr Baird says he will appoint former shadow attorney-general Andrew Tink to look at options for establishing a single civilian oversight model for police.
The parliamentary committee has heard sensational evidence into the conduct of Operation Prospect - Ombudsman Bruce Barbour's continuing, two-year probe into the events around a 15-year-old police internal affairs operation, Operation Mascot, which bugged more than 100 officers, including Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas.
Mr Kaldas and Commissioner Andrew Scipione have separately told the inquiry there were too many bodies investigating police conduct.
Mr Tink's review is expected to be completed by August, should the Baird government be returned at the March 28 election.
MELBOURNE, Feb 25 AAP - They were left fighting for their lives with severe burns, all because they were doing their job.
Now the three Victorian police officers injured in last year's Middle Park explosion are being honoured for their service, with each of them to receive the Victoria Police Star.
Responding to a report of self harm, Sergeant Tony Scully, First Constable Emma Quick and Constable Varli Blake entered a Middle Park flat on the night of January 4.
As they went through the door a gas bottled exploded, turning the unit into an inferno which left the three police officers and three firefighters with horrifying burns.
Six civilians who rushed to help them will also receive Victoria Police Citizen Commendations in recognition of their exceptional bravery.
The Victoria Police Star is awarded in recognition of its employees who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

By Karlis Salna
CANBERRA, Feb 23 AAP - Dual citizens involved in terrorism and "hate preachers" such as Hizb ut-Tahrir are in the sights of federal government plans to toughen up national security.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned the threat from terrorism at home and abroad, amid the rise of groups such as Islamic State, is now much greater and becoming harder to combat.
In his first national security statement, delivered at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Canberra, Mr Abbott said the nation must also confront a growing threat from home-grown extremism.
"By any measure the threat to Australia has worsened," he said on Monday.
The number of Australians fighting with terror groups such as IS, as well as known sympathisers and supporters of extremism, had dramatically increased, as had the potential threat from home-grown terrorism.
The number of high priority investigations had risen to 400 - double what it was 12 months ago.
"Even if the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq stopped today, there is now an Australian cohort of hardened jihadists who are intent on radicalising and influencing others," Mr Abbott said.
Under proposed changes, the Citizenship Act will be amended to strengthen the power of authorities to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals.
But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the government couldn't forcibly repatriate anyone if their birth country wouldn't take them back.
"In that case we're not able to send them back and they would have to remain in Australia," he told ABC TV.
SYDNEY, Feb 23 AAP - The long arm of the law in NSW is about to reach out further and quicker thanks to modern technology.
A trial of new smart phones for about 500 NSW police officers means they'll be able to look up the backgrounds, bail conditions and sometimes photographs of people at a few screen taps.
"For criminals, all I can say is `watch out'. This sort of technology will make your life much more difficult and so it should," NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said on Monday.
The devices can also tap into Roads and Maritime Services information for vehicle checks.
Without them, officers would use radios to request information on people and vehicles - a process that can take up to five minutes or longer.
"Sometimes if it's really busy you don't get it at all and you just have to wait or you let the person go without doing a check," one officer said.
"They could have warrants or have bail that they are breaching."
The phones have been rolled out to police including officers patrolling Sydney's train stations and specialist units such as the gang squad.
If the phones are lost or stolen, data stored on them can be wiped remotely.

SYDNEY, Feb 23 AAP - NSW's police chief has called for a change to Australia's terrorism alert process and highlighted a need for more alert levels.
A national counter-terrorism review has recommended the terrorism warning system be scrapped and replaced with a simpler, clearer system.
The national terrorism public alert was raised to high last September, while the terrorism alert for police across the country wasn't raised to high until January.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said having a higher alert level for one particular section of the community, such as police, could be confusing.
"It's a personal view, but I think perhaps we need to have more flexibility," he said.
"We need to simplify what we do here because communities need to understand."
Mr Scipione said NSW police had been pushing for more stages in the terror alert process.
"And if that is one of the things that is looked at then we would certainly be encouraging the committee to get on with it," he said.
There are currently four alert levels on the national terrorism public alert system, ranging from low to extreme.

By Jennifer Sexton
The Police Association is also pushing for a security upgrade at all NSW police stations. (File photo)
The New South Wales Opposition police spokesman, Steve Whan, says if elected Labor will ensure all police in the state's south east receive training in "active shooter" situations.
The Police Association of NSW said the training was urgently needed because of the growing risk of "active shooter" style attacks. 

The Police Union is calling on the Liberal National Coalition and the ALP to commit to funding a new Taree Police Station ahead of the March 2015 state election.
Funding for the new station is a key objective of the Police Association pre-election submission, released yesterday. Read more>>

The NSW police union has demanded every officer be trained to take down "active shooter" terrorists on the street. 
The Police Association of NSW has lodged a submission of requests ahead of the March 28 state election, detailing shortcomings in the ability of frontline police to deal with "lone wolf" terror attacks, Fairfax Media reports. 

By Karlis Salna
SYDNEY, Feb 16 AAP - Tony Abbott says Australians "infected with extremist fanaticism" are being closely watched as he considers a national security crackdown targeting dual nationals.
The prime minister has flagged tougher border protection, immigration and citizenship rules, saying that for too long people who represented a threat to the nation had been given the benefit of the doubt.
About 140 Australians were "openly supporting this Islamist death cult" in the Middle East, Mr Abbott said on Monday.
Authorities have said about 90 Australians have gone to the Middle East to fight, including in Iraq and Syria.
"At least 20 have come back and they're obviously people of great interest to our police and security agencies," Mr Abbott told Kiis FM.
"There is a significant number of Australians who have been infected with this terrible, terrible extremist fanaticism. We are keeping careful watch of them."
It's understood that some are dual citizens.
The prime minister said he wouldn't pre-empt a national security statement he will deliver next Monday.
"But if you look for argument's sake at the history of the Martin Place murderer, at every step of the way, our system gave him the benefit of the doubt," he said.
After the Martin Place siege in December, it emerged that Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis was granted a visa in 1996 despite officials in Tehran having warned of his criminal history.
One of two men arrested last week as they were allegedly about to carry out an attack in Sydney - Omar Al-Kutobi - reportedly arrived in Australia in 2009 using another person's passport.
He was given a protection visa before being granted citizenship in 2013.
It's understood that one option being considered by the government is a proposal from Tasmanian federal Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic that Australia follow the lead of countries including Britain, France and Canada, which have moved to suspend or revoke the citizenship rights of dual nationals.