The purpose of the NSW Police Force is to work with the community to reduce crime and violence and improve public safety. The bulk of policing work is done by operational police at Police Area Commands (PACs) and Police Districts (PDs). Depending on their location and demographics, PACS and PD's can often have different demands placed upon them. Police work closely with their local community to tailor policing response to the needs of that community.

Specialist commands compliment local police. They provide further services that, at times, are required by PAC/PD to provide the community with the best possible policing response. Strike forces are formed when resources are needed to be concentrated on a particular crime or crime types such as drugs, murder or other organised crime.

Additional information concerning the composition of the NSW Police Force

The Annual Report contains further information concerning the operations and financial affairs of the NSW Police Force.