Police release new data on Indigenous murders in NSW
A new database from NSW Police and Crime Commission shows the Indigenous people who were killed by police officers in the state have the most recent data on their death.
“Our focus for the next 12 months will be on the implementation of the coronavirus data and data collection and analysis,” Detective Chief Inspector Scott Smith said.
Mr Smith said police wanted to build up their databases so they could have the latest information about who was in custody and what they were doing.
Police released the dataset on Monday, saying it was part of their “work to develop a comprehensive picture of how Indigenous people in NSW are affected by the coronasovirus pandemic”.
“There is a very high proportion of Indigenous Australians living in NSW that have experienced coronaviral illness and in need of specialist medical treatment,” Detective Superintendent Smith said in a statement.
He said the data showed that Indigenous people were three times more likely to be killed by the police in the first 12 months of the pandemic.
Detective Superintendent Smith also said police were collecting the information on how Indigenous Australians were treated at the hands of police officers and in custody.
The coronavirots data will be used to improve information sharing, particularly with Indigenous people, he said.