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The NSW Government says legislation for police to take over regulation of the security industry will be in State Parliament before the end of the year. (Boris Reztsov, file photo: User submitted)
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The New South Wales Government has finalised details of its plan to end the self-regulation of the security industry and put police in charge instead.
Police Minister Mike Gallacher says legislation will be introduced to State Parliament later this year to remove the industry's role in regulating itself.
"After years of community criticism of sectors of the security industry, particularly in relation to crowd control, the Government is ending the co-regulatory relationship between the industry and the Government because it simply isn't working," Mr Gallacher said.
"I've been concerned for many years about the risk of organised criminal groups infiltrating legitimate security businesses, gaining access to firearms and intelligence that would benefit their criminal enterprise.
"The new model will see the New South Wales Police Force being the over-arching regulatory body with new powers to target the cowboys and assist the legitimate operators."
Police will be given powers to secretly audit suspected rogue bouncers and conduct high-visibility patrols.
Premier Barry O'Farrell first announced plans for an overhaul of security last year, after an assault on a man by bouncers at Sydney's Ivy nightclub in August last year.
The changes are based on a 2009 recommendation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, after the commission found evidence that some industry training organisations were corrupt.
The 2010 death of Wilson Duque Castillo in a brawl with bouncers in Kings Cross also added to the pressure to make changes.
The existing Security Industry Council will be replaced with a Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate Advisory Council, which will include police, ministerial staff and industry representatives.
First posted June 07, 2012 08:52:12