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​Justice Michael Adams appointed Chief Commissioner of New Police Watchdog

Issued: Friday, 3 February 2017

Minister for Police Troy Grant has today named NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams as the first Chief Commissioner of the new Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) will replace the Police Integrity Commission, the Police Division of the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Inspector of the Crime Commission, streamlining and simplifying law enforcement oversight in NSW.

Mr Grant said the appointment of Justice Adams as the first Chief Commissioner of the LECC represents an important milestone in the NSW Government's efforts to improve law enforcement oversight.

"On behalf of the NSW Government, I congratulate Justice Adams on his appointment as the inaugural Chief Commissioner of the LECC," Mr Grant said.

Justice Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney in 1969. He has worked in legal aid in Papua New Guinea and Canberra, and as a public defender for two years in Sydney. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1988, was a Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission from 1996 to 2006, and was made a Justice of the NSW Supreme Court in 1998.

"Justice Adams brings a wealth of experience to this job, and I am confident that he will provide strong leadership for the new watchdog, ultimately serving our men and women in blue," Mr Grant said.

In his role as Chief Commissioner, Justice Adams will be supported by a Commissioner for Integrity and a Commissioner for Oversight. An Inspector of the LECC will also be appointed to oversee the operations of the LECC.