Police block Ombudsman from monitoring extraordinary search powers

The state Ombudsman has slammed NSW Police for refusing to release information on how police are using extraordinary new search powers.

Ombudsman Bruce Barbour has also asked the NSW Parliament to change the law to compel NSW Police to reveal why it considered using emergency powers to quell "political protests" in Sydney sparked by the controversial film Innocence of Muslims in 2012...

...Independent and Greens MPs had expressed concern when the law was passed that it removed judicial oversight of police searches.

"It is greatly concerning if the Ombudsman is having their role stymied," Sydney independent MP Alex Greenwich said. 

"Police in NSW do a great job, and because they have such an important role, it is important the community knows the police have oversight".

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