Insight gained from UK trip
MEMBER for Clarence Steve Cansdell only spent a few days with UK police during his recent overseas trip, but he believes he has learnt enough to change policing in the State forever.
Mr Cansdell was back in his office on Wednesday after just over three weeks away.
He spent 12 days with former Clarence Valley man Andrew Ford, who works with Ukrainian orphans, an experience Mr Cansdell described as “physically, mentally and psychologically draining.”
After a brief visit to the Black Sea port of Odessa and Kiev, Mr Cansdell, who is the parliamentary secretary to the Police Minister, flew to London for meetings with senior Scotland Yard police and regional police commanders.
“I met with assistant commissioner Frank Armstrong for in-depth discussions on terrorism, policing and general law and order issues,” Mr Cansdell said.
His next assignment, the following day in Bath, could have far-reaching implications for policing in NSW.
Mr Cansdell said this meeting supported his push for an all-of-government approach to policing.
“Their mode is to attack the root cause of crime, which is dysfunctional families,” he said. Mr Cansdell said he would begin work on a report from these meetings which he will present to NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher in about four weeks.
“This could be the end of police being at the pointy end where they're copping the results of the failures of all the other government agencies,” he said.
Mr Cansdell had been scheduled to have another meeting with Mr Armstrong until he fell foul of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
“Just before the meeting was to take place, the assistant commissioner was called away to the Home Office,” Mr Cansdell said.
“No-one told us what it was about, but while I was there it was just Murdoch, Murdoch, Murdoch, in the news.”