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Australia NSW police strip-search data shows lowest drug prosecution rate in seven years

22:05  24 october  2019
22:05  24 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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It is the lowest prosecution rate in seven years , according to the data . Police said they did not store data on the number of successful prosecutions resulting "These figures show both the police drug dog program and police searches are appallingly abusive programs producing terrible results for the

Personal searches include frisk-style searches as well as strip searches . Any time a police officer conducts Nicholas Cowdery, the former director of public prosecutions and now the president of the NSW Council of NSW police strip - search data shows lowest prosecution rate in seven years .

Of more than 5,000 strip searches conducted by NSW police in the past financial year, less than a third found any illicit drugs, new data shows.© ABC News Images Of more than 5,000 strip searches conducted by NSW police in the past financial year, less than a third found any illicit drugs, new data shows.

More than two-thirds of strip searches carried out by NSW police fail to find any illicit drugs, according to data obtained by the ABC.

The data also shows less than 0.5 per cent of drug searches undertaken following detection by a police dog result in drug prosecutions.

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New data given to the ABC shows two thirds of all strip searches carried out by New South Wales police this year failed to find any drugs . The number of successful prosecutions over drugs has plummeted also. There's growing pressure on the state government to reform the system after a

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It reveals officers conducted 5,362 strip searches during the 2018-19 financial year, from which 3,546 did not result in a prohibited drug, dangerous article or item being found.

In the same period, 11,533 drug searches were undertaken following detection by a police dog, however, just 59 of those searches — or less than 0.5 per cent — led to drug prosecutions.

It is the lowest prosecution rate in seven years, according to the data.

Police said they did not store data on the number of successful prosecutions resulting from strip searches.

Mr Shoebridge said the numbers strengthened his call to ban the practice.

"These figures show both the police drug dog program and police searches are appallingly abusive programs producing terrible results for the NSW police, in both cases failing well over half the time," he said.

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"Half a per cent of police searches end up in having a deemed supply charge. It's having zero impact on drug supply in the state.

"The false positive rates — the occasions police are getting it wrong — keeps rising and rising."

The NSW Police Force has come under intense scrutiny this week during the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission's (LECC) public hearing into the use of strip searches.

The inquiry heard damning testimonies, including from senior police officers, that many of the strip searches carried out during 2018 Splendour in the Grass festival may have been unlawful.

At the festival, fewer than one in 10 strip searches resulted in drug detections, the hearing was told.

The conduct and "military-style" behaviour of police was also brought into question.

The inquiry heard in one instance a 16-year-old girl cried uncontrollably after being isolated and made to strip and squat after a sniffer dog falsely detected drugs on her.

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New data given to the ABC shows two thirds of all strip searches carried out by New South Wales police this year failed to find any drugs . The number of successful prosecutions over drugs has plummeted also. There's growing pressure on the state government to reform the system after a

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An officer also admitted this week she sometimes needed to "guesstimate" the quantity of drugs found on revellers when scales were not available.

A system undermined

Criminal lawyers told the ABC the mistakes from police exposed in the misconduct inquiry could have devastating lifelong consequences for defendants.

Quantity in drug-related cases is used to determine the severity of charges open for police to pursue.

"If the preview is inaccurate, a person's criminality may be elevated to a situation where it doesn't exist in reality," Sydney defence lawyer Bryan Welch said.

"It undermines the system if police officers got this matter so blatantly wrong."

A defendant facing allegations of possession, as opposed to supply, can mean the difference between receiving a fine or a significant jail sentence.

A solicitor who worked during the 2018 music festival told the inquiry on Thursday police were offering "inappropriate" advice to young people by urging them to plead guilty to avoid a court appearance.

Mr Wrench said the case raised broader questions about whether police were given enough time to investigate and prepare evidence.

"A police officer has one of the powerful roles in NSW — they're one of the only people that can take your liberty away, charge you, and bring you before the court," he said.

"When you're entrusted with such powers the community expects you act with the due diligence those powers deserve."

A NSW Police Force spokesperson said due to the current LECC hearing, it would not be appropriate to comment.

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