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NCJ Number: 137119 Find in a Library
Title: Police Powers in Queensland
Corporate Author: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn

Queensland Office of The Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD, 4002
Queensland Office of The Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Queenland, Australia
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Issues are raised concerning the need for and usefulness of existing police powers and the need for additional police powers in Queensland.
Abstract: Issues covered include consolidation of police powers; power to demand name and address; move-on power; voluntary attendance; power of arrest; post-arrest power of detention; search of persons, vehicles, and taking of samples; identification procedures; search warrants; electronic surveillance; other investigative techniques; and the need for a comprehensive review. Several matters need to be considered relative to each of the powers discussed. These include a demonstrated need for the use of the power, seriousness of the crime in relation to justification of the use of the power, and the stage of investigative process at which the power is available. Official authorization of the use of power, procedures and safeguards, and consequences of a failure to comply with the procedures set down also need to be examined. However, in the analysis of the need for more police powers, considerations should be given not only to the use of such powers to enhance the investigation and prosecution of crime, but also to the social values that must form part of the picture.
Main Term(s): Investigative powers; Police job task analysis
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Australia; Search warrants
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