A NSW Police operation that saw officers raid a house without guns in a raid that left no guns found has been criticised as a waste of time.
Police say they found “no drugs or guns” in the house, where police had previously searched and charged drug traffickers with drug offences, despite “no firearms or weapons”.
“I’m really disappointed in the outcome,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement.
“The investigation was a waste and this police operation could have been handled much more efficiently and with more care and sensitivity.
She also called on the NSW Police Federation to conduct an independent review of the operation.
The NSW Police’s drugs squad and the NSW Crime Commission are investigating.
A spokesman for the NSW Attorney-General’s Department said the operation was the “first in NSW history” to involve officers without guns.
He said police were “proud” of the “excellent outcome” and the officers “were extremely professional”.
The operation was also the first police operation in NSW to involve an “unarmed” officer, he said.
NSW Premier Gladies Berejicklian (L) holds up a picture of her former boss, former NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione (R) as she addresses media outside the NSW Premier’s Office in Sydney on March 4, 2020.
An armed police officer with a weapon is seen during a raid in Sydney’s inner west on March 8, 2020.(AP: Mark Dyson)NSW Police Commissioner Mark Scipio said he was disappointed by the outcome, and the police were proud of the officer’s professionalism.
Commissioner Scipiono told reporters he was “sad” and “embarrassed” to have been the target of the raid.
Mr Scipioss comments were made after the operation, which was conducted at a “sustained and professional” rate.
After the raid, a police helicopter circled the property in an operation that was attended by NSW Police officers.
Officers wearing body armour were also seen in the area, according to a media release.
More: Police also raided a property on the outskirts of Newcastle in the state’s south-west and raided a house on the city’s northern outskirts, a statement said.
Police also searched a property in a residential area in the CBD in Sydney.
One person was taken into custody, NSW Police said, and “multiple firearms were seized”.
NSWs Premier Gladyn Berejack (R), flanked by police and emergency services, speaks during a press conference at the NSW Government House in Sydney, on March 10, 2020, after police raided a drug ring in the city.
(ABC News: Chris Hartcher)NSWs Minister for State Security John Williams said there were “no other firearms or drugs” found during the raid and that police had found “significant amounts” of marijuana and “a number of kilograms of heroin”.
He also confirmed that “multiple individuals” had been arrested in the raid but refused to name them.
In a statement, NSW Premier Berejikolian accused the police of a “disgraceful failure” and said the officers were “lucky” to find “no weapons or drugs”.”
These actions will not stand the scrutiny of this Court,” she said.
Police were called to the property on Thursday afternoon after reports of shots being fired at a house in the town of Parramatta, NSW.
It is not clear what the officers found in the home.
Parramatta’s police union has also criticised the operation as a “poorly planned, poorly executed and badly executed raid” that “didn’t involve the proper level of professionalism”.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say that there were a number of officers in the whole operation that could have responded much more professionally,” Mr Williams said.”
[But] in the process we lost our way, and we didn’t follow our own protocols,” he said, adding that the “good guys” had “been caught and arrested”.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that there were a number of officers in the whole operation that could have responded much more professionally,” Mr Williams said.
He also called for the officers to be held to account for their actions.
Ms Berejian said police should have “a proper internal review” of their actions, saying it was “not enough” to “just blame the victim”.
Ms Perejikliss statements follow calls from politicians, politicians’ associations and activists for the police to “do their job and stop a waste, and not get caught”. ABC/AP