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The experiences of participants in this study highlight the need to improve police practices and procedures to ensure that the human rights of people experiencing homelessness are respected and protected. The report calls on the NSW Police and other signatories to renew their commitment to the Protocol for Homeless People in Public Places. Legislative changes are also needed to create stronger safeguards regarding strip searches and the right for people experiencing homelessness to enjoy public space.
The people spoken to as part of this research disclosed high rates of police involvement in their lives, and highlighted concerns about: