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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.