SYDNEY, 8 May AAP - NSW Police want to follow in the footsteps of their Victorian counterparts by donning ballistic vests and ending single-unit policing.
"Let's do that in NSW so we can get ahead of the game and stop this terrorism before it starts," Police Association of NSW president Scott Weber said.
The police association has called for upgraded ballistic vests, active shooter training and allowing officers to keep their firearms on them in court.
Victorian police implemented on Thursday night the new security measures, which require them to wear ballistic vests on duty and not work alone in most situations.
Mr Weber wants to see a similar path followed in NSW.
PANSW also want a radio bandwidth upgrade, after communication downfalls frustrated police during December's Lindt Cafe siege.
Mr Weber said some police communications went down during the more than 16-hour siege that claimed the life of barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, cafe manager Tori Johnson and gunman Man Monis.
"Let's get a proper communication bandwidth that only police can access," he said.
"So when there is a terrorism incident, a bushfire and a flood or disaster, the police system will not fail at all."
In the wake of the Martin Place cafe siege, the association has also intensified calls for active-shooter training to be rolled out across the force.
It would see frontline officers trained to use weapons such as rifles to target offenders over a distance.
Calls to let officers keep their weapons in courtrooms have intensified with the association threatening industrial action.
In the past two weeks at Sydney's Downing Centre Court, a man hit a police prosecutor and had to be restrained by several officers until court sheriffs arrived with handcuffs five minutes later, PANSW says.
It was ironic, Mr Weber said, that police could protect the people of NSW except in court areas where they couldn't take firearms, adding the policy was "ludicrous".
The association says police officers will request only to give evidence via video link in court if there isn't a change to the weapons policy.
On-call officers should also be allowed to take home their guns, PANSW says, and officers shouldn't be on duty alone.
Comment has been sought from the Police Minister.