Police to gain 'shoot to kill' powers to combat terrorism

NEW South Wales Police will be granted new 'shoot-to-kill' powers against terrorists to combat 'cowardly, evil acts'.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced the government "accepted and supported" all 45 recommendations made by Coroner Michael Barnes in late May following the inquest into the Lindt Cafe siege of December 2014.

One of the recommendations was that the government consider legislative changes to ensure that police have the necessary protections to resolve terrorist incidents in a manner most likely to minimise risk to the public.

Ms Berejiklian said the legislation will be introduced within a fortnight to provide certainty to police officers who need to use lethal force against terrorists.

She said it was crucial police had clear powers if required to use force to keep the community safe from terrorism.

"As we have seen as recently as this week in Melbourne, and on the weekend with the cowardly, evil acts in London, we need to be ever-vigilant to the emerging and evolving risks of terrorism," Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.

"NSW will continue to have the toughest counter-terror laws in the country and we will now give our police clear protections if they need to use lethal force against terrorists."

Hostages Marcia Mikhael and Katrina Dawson were forced by Lindt Cafe siege gunman to hold an IS flag to the window during the 2014 ordeal.

Hostages Marcia Mikhael and Katrina Dawson were forced by Lindt Cafe siege gunman to hold an IS flag to the window during the 2014 ordeal.Source:Channel 7

Cafe manager Tori Johnson and Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson were killed as the Martin Place stand-off came to an horrific end in the early hours of December 16 2014.

Gunman Man Haron Monis was shot by specialist police who stormed the stronghold 17 hours after he walked into the building with a shotgun.

Mr Barnes found snipers had a 10-minute window during which they could have taken a "kill shot" at terrorist Monis but they doubted their legal power to use lethal force as well as having concerns a visible head belonged to the gunman.

The coroner recommended the police minister consider whether police power laws should be amended to ensure officers "have sufficient legal protection to respond to terrorist incidents".

Further new legislation will also be introduced in coming weeks to tighten provisions around parole by requiring consideration of links to terrorism.

News Corp Australia


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