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Australia Officer who strip searched 19 revellers admits no legal justification

05:30  22 october  2019
05:30  22 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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A police officer who conducted 19 strip - searches at last year's Splendour in the Grass has admitted none of them may have been legal , and only A police sniffer dog inspecting revellers at the 2019 Splendour in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay. Credit:AAP. And a female officer who searched

A police officer who conducted 19 strip searches at a 2018 music festival has admitted to an inquiry that all of them may have been illegal. In NSW, police are required to meet a threshold for urgency and seriousness when conducting a strip search in the field. Under questioning by the commissioner

a group of people standing next to a dog on a leash: A police sniffer dog checks revellers at this year's Splendour in the Grass festival.© Paul Harris A police sniffer dog checks revellers at this year's Splendour in the Grass festival.

A police officer who conducted 19 strip-searches at last year's Splendour in the Grass has admitted none of them may have been legal and of those searches one resulted in an item of interest being found: an antidepressant tablet.

The revelation that more than 90 per cent of strip-searches at the 2018 festival turned up nothing prompted Michael Adams, QC, chief commissioner of NSW's police watchdog, to suggest that officers' justification for the "invasive" procedures were little more than "a gut feeling".

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"I agree that it's not a good success rate," the officer replied during a public inquiry before the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) on Tuesday.

The senior constable, who was working at the event and whose identity is protected, has been called to give evidence following allegations a 16-year-old girl was illegally strip searched at the event.

LECC is probing whether police breached the law in failing to have a parent, guardian or other suitable adult made available when telling the child to strip, as is required under state legislation.

She was one of seven minors who were ordered to remove their clothes at the event, with only one being in the company of a parent or other suitable adult, as is legally required.

Mr Adams also revealed on Tuesday the commission was investigating whether police were breaching their strip-search powers at another NSW music festival.

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Under the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act, police are only permitted to carry out field strip-searches if the urgency and seriousness of the situation requires it.

Mr Adams asked the officer that apart from a suspicion someone was hiding drugs in a body cavity, which police aren't allowed to search, what circumstances would make it urgent for an officer to conduct a strip search.

"I can't think of any, actually," the officer replied.

"There was no urgency at all in any of those searches was there?" Mr Adams asked. He said it followed that the searches conducted by the officer weren't legal.

The officer agreed.

"That particular issue had never really come across your radar as something to think about, is that fair to say?" Mr Adams asked.

"That's fair to say, this has been a massive learning experience," the officer replied.

The senior constable agreed with Mr Adams' propositions that junior police were taught the legislation without context and were left to work it out for themselves.

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Strip searches can often cause the suspect to feel that their privacy has been invaded, and many persons may feel a certain indignity when subjected to a strip search . For this reason, a strip search must be supported by reasonable suspicion before a police officer can perform one.

“Where’s the justification for strip - searching children of that age? I understand there may be In August, the Redfern Legal Centre released a report with the University of New South Wales It heard many officers were not aware of their responsibilities under the act, and one officer admitted all 19

Mr Adams said NSW Police needed to develop a corporate position defining the legal thresholds of strip searches, "because you can make enemies of people who are otherwise respectable citizens who are never going to trust another policeman in their lives."

"I regret to say it's clear, not only on the evidence here, but in other cases that the training ... has not been undertaken," Mr Adams said.

He asked the officer in how many of his 19 searches something illegal was found: "would you be surprised if I told you it was far less than half?"

The officer replied that he believed eight of the searches revealed items of interest.

Counsel assisting the commissioner said only one of the officer's searches resulted in an item being found, "and that was Diazepam."

"Not a good hit rate," Mr Adams said.

"No," the officer replied.

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