The Australian Financial Report (AFR) is a monthly publication covering the financial and economic health of Australia and New Zealand.
For the first time, this year, the publication has a new section on police brutality.
The new section is titled Police Brutality: A new chapter in Australia and NZ.
While the AFR has traditionally been concerned with the health of the economy, this is the first year it has focused on police violence.
As such, it will be the subject of an analysis by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the University of New Zealand’s Graduate School of Public Service.
The AFR is published by the Australian Federal Government.
“I think we should be looking at the health and well-being of the community as a whole and the police in particular,” ACOSS director and senior fellow Sarah Stirling told the AFR.
Stirling, who also works with the Australian Human Rights Commission, said that police are not the only perpetrators of violence against people of colour, or Indigenous people.
Police and other organisations are also perpetuating discrimination against people with mental health problems and vulnerable people, she said.
“Police brutality is not a new phenomenon.
But it’s certainly one that we are aware of and are paying attention to,” she said, adding that the AFRs new section was meant to highlight what she described as a “crisis” in policing in Australia.
It is not just the police, Stirling said.
We have a problem with a lot of organisations and we need to look at all these different organisations.
“”If you’re an organisation and you’re not taking that into account, then it can be a very difficult environment,” she added.
According to the report, the average number of complaints of police brutality made to police organisations in Australia last year was 4,074.
More than 20 per cent of those complaints were made to the New South Wales Police Service (NSWPS), which is the country’s biggest police force.
In 2016, NSWPS recorded a number of fatal shootings involving police officers, and the department reported more than 5,700 incidents of alleged police brutality since 2009.
An incident where a NSW police officer was charged with serious bodily harm or murder is known as a non-police homicide.
The number of non-fatal police shootings has also increased dramatically over the past five years, according to the NSW Police Association.
There have been a number more than 700 non-law enforcement homicides of Indigenous people over the last three years, the report says.
A report by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission on Police and Crime found that Indigenous Australians were six times more likely to die in police custody.
The report found that the rate of police deaths in NSW and ACT has increased by 25 per cent since 2010.
Although police violence is a problem in some parts of Australia, the national average is still low.
Australia has seen a surge in police killings, including the fatal shooting of Aboriginal man John Burrows in 2010.
In 2015, police in the Western Australian town of Mudgee killed an Indigenous man named Matthew Tait.
Another police killing in 2015 in the city of Ballarat was reported to be the result of a botched drug investigation, but the man was not charged with any crime.
But police brutality is a big issue in Australia, as the ACOSS report notes.
At least one-third of the victims of police violence in the past decade were Indigenous people, according the ACOS report.
In the case of Matthew T. Burrows, he was shot by police and died in hospital.
Since the mid-2000s, the number of Indigenous Australians who were killed by police in Australia has quadrupled, from 1,078 to 6,094, according TOEFL data from 2014.
Some police departments have increased their use of force in recent years.
In January, the Western Sydney Police Department used Tasers more than 600 times in the first three months of 2017.
Australian police have also been targeted for alleged police misconduct, including using excessive force, racially abusing people, and threatening people with bodily harm.
During the 2015 royal commission into police corruption, an officer accused of a police assault on a teenager was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Several other cases have emerged in recent months.
In April, the police officer accused in the fatal beating of a teenager by a fellow officer was acquitted.
And last month, an Australian woman was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a minor.
Former NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione has since stepped down from his post, following a public outcry over the fatal police shooting of Tait in 2010, and his alleged role in covering up the officer’s alleged misconduct.