Police power

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Report

Joint inquiry by the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Privacy Commissioner into Police conduct when photographing members of the public

A key finding from this inquiry is that where police take photographs of people in contexts outside those specific statutory situations, officers must comply with the Privacy Act and the information privacy principles within it, taking into account the status of digital photographs as sensitive...
Report

Australian Federal Police’s use of statutory powers

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Federal Police’s framework to ensure the lawful exercise of powers in accordance with applicable legislation.
Report

Policing public space: the experiences of people sleeping rough

This report examines the experiences of people sleeping rough and their interactions with police in Sydney. It is based on structured interviews with people sleeping rough and service providers and is designed to better understand how police powers impact on the lives of people experiencing...
Report

Report of the Inquiry into NSW Police Force strip search practices

The Inquiry into NSW Police Force strip search practices, set out in this report, represents a significant body of work - comprising a total of seven investigations, as well as an analysis of NSW Police Force policies and training, and oversight of police investigations of...
Report

Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants: final report

The Victorian government established this Royal Commission in December 2018, after the High Court of Australia upheld the decisions of Victorian courts to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to disclose to a group of convicted persons that Victoria Police had used former defence...
Evaluation

Victoria Police trial of digitally recorded evidence in chief – family violence: final evaluation report

Although many Australian and international jurisdictions have trialled police body-worn cameras, existing research and literature narrowly centres on police use of force and civilian complaints. This review highlights the paucity of evidence on the use of pre-recorded evidence in family violence matters.
Report

Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press

On 4 July 2019, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security commenced an inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press. The inquiry was referred by the Attorney-General, The Hon Christian Porter MP...
Article

Enforcing assimilation, dismantling Aboriginal families: a history of police violence in Australia

The history of policing in Australia helps explain some of the dynamics at play in the Black Lives Matter and First Nations Deaths in Custody movement in Australia and a growing push for alternative models of policing.
Briefing paper

Facial recognition technology: snapshot paper

This paper distinguishes between proven fact and speculation, and illustrates how facial recognition technology (FRT) can have markedly different implications for society depending on the type of system and the reasons for its use.
Report

Critical condition: the impact of COVID-19 policies, policing and prisons on First Nations communities

This report highlights the ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been disproportionately affected by the more punitive and restrictive policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Unauthorised access and disclosure of information held by Victoria Police

This report provides an overview of the key risks associated with unauthorised access and disclosure of information by Victoria Police employees. It explores the drivers of these risks, as well as potential prevention, reporting and detection measures.
Report

Rethinking strip searches by NSW Police

The first report of its kind in Australia, this resource looks at the operation of strip search laws across the country, exploring concerns around safeguards and transparency, and highlighting opportunities for law reform.
Report

Towards a Commonwealth law enforcement innovation framework

This report suggests that a collaboration research hub could provide a starting point for creating and developing new technologies for law enforcement. It also suggests that while some stakeholders may be tempted to adopt a CRC-type structure, a stronger starting point might involve building on...
Report

'They just kill': ongoing extrajudicial executions and other violations in the Phillipines' 'war on drugs'

Amnesty International is calling on the Philippine government to immediately revise its current anti-drug policies which disproportionately target the poor, hold all those responsible for extrajudicial executions to account, and develop and implement a human rights-compliant drug policy.
Report

Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants: progress report July 2019

This report begins by outlining key events that led to the establishment of the Commission, including relevant reviews and court proceedings. It then sets out the Commission’s work to date and how it intends to approach its terms of reference.
Discussion paper

Enhanced drug impaired driver testing: discussion document

This discussion document seeks feedback on options for enhancements to the process for testing drug impaired drivers in New Zealand.
Report

How do police use CCTV footage in criminal investigations?

This study examines how police use CCTV footage in criminal investigations. Structured interviews were conducted with 146 sworn members of the NSW Police Force who had recently requested footage from the NSW rail system’s network of CCTV cameras.
Briefing paper

Justice Legislation Amendment (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2019: Bill Brief

This Bill Brief looks primarily at law reforms concerning a new class of procedure known as a ‘DNA profile sample’, which seeks to grant police the ability to authorise the taking of DNA samples from persons suspected of committing indictable offences.
Report

Report on Government Services 2019: Justice - Chapter 6 Police services

The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on police services, covering the operations of the police agencies of each State and Territory government, including the ACT community policing function performed by the Australian Federal Police.
Report

Understanding law enforcement information sharing for criminal intelligence purposes

There are a number of legislative, technical and cultural barriers that limit the free flow of information between Australia's law enforcement agencies. This report examines those barriers and develops an information sharing matrix that explains the barriers associated with different types of information sharing.