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Homicide, armed robbery, dealing with dr ugs , counter
terrorism and cover t operations. No, this is not the curriculum
vitae of someone spending the remainder of his life behind
bar s; rather, they are the areas of experience and expertise
of Deputy NSW Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas. Shirley
I visited Nick Kaldas in his inconspicuous Sydney office.
My mission was to invite him to visit Newcastle and
speak to members of the local community interested in
such matter s a s the incidence of violence and crime in
our society, the role of the police and the place for social
justice 'in the mix'. He was happy -- in fact, his word was
"honoured" -- to accept the invitation and having had the
oppor tunity to spend some time with him, I was delighted.
On the one hand, Nick Kaldas' career as a member of
the NSW Police Force has been varied, challenging and
cer tainly successful. As indicated above, he has moved in
circles where "social justice" isn't necessarily a high priority,
but for Nick, it is vitally impor tant. He has spoken r ecently
with members of the New York Police Depar tment on
how the principles of social justice might be introduced
into their policing style.
As a Coptic Christian, with a brother a priest, his
commitment to justice arises directly from his faith, which
is real and pr actical. A successful career has given him
oppor tunities to blend the culture of faith and life, and he
has a swag of medals, including the Australian Police Medal,
that give testimony to his effectiveness.
A brief over view of his career provides insights into the
circles in which he has moved.
Nick established and led the Crime Management
Framework for the Olympic Investigations Strike Force.
He was the Commander, Homicide Squad, leading the
investigation into the murder of MP John Newman.
He was seconded to the Federal Gover nment and
deployed to Ir aq as Deputy Chief Police Adviser to the
Ir aqi Government to help rebuild the Ir aqi National Police.
He was appointed Commander, Gangs Squad, and then
Assistant Commissioner, Counter Terrorism and Special
Tactics Command. In late 2007, he became Deputy
Commissioner, Specialist Operations.
A twelve -month secondment followed, as Chief of
Investigations in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
established by the United Nations Security Council to
investigate the assassination of for mer Lebanese Prime
Minister, Rafiq Hariri, and related assassinations and
Since 2007, Nick has been the NSW Police Force's
Corporate Spokesper son for Cultur ally, Linguistically and
Religiously Diverse Society, a position he would seem
par ticularly well equipped to fulfil effectively.
To meet Nick and hear some of his stories, and the
wisdom he has gleaned from his experiences, come to
the Social Justice Council Dinner on Friday 21 March
from 6pm at the Victor Peters Suite, 841 Hunter St,
Newcastle West. Nick's topic will be "Violence, Social
Justice and the Police" and there will be an opportunity
to consider, "What is our local resolution? " Cost
including two-course dinner is only $20. Booking is
essential; see page 21 for details.
Deputy NSW Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas.
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