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NCJ Number: 185618 Find in a Library
Title: Police Powers in Queensland: Findings from the 1999 Defendants Survey
Corporate Author: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Date Published: May 2000
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD, 4002
Publication Number: ISBN 0 7242 7154 6
Sale Source: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
P.O. Box 137
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD,
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This document contains information about police arrest, questioning, and search practices from the defendant's perspective.
Abstract: The Defendants' Survey highlighted six areas for closer attention: (1) Respondents' understanding of their arrest status: Clearer instructions to police and closer monitoring of interview practices could help reduce suspects' confusion; (2) Notices to Appear: Strategies for promoting greater use of notices as a genuine alternative to arrest include making portable tape-recording equipment routinely available to operational police and developing the capacity for police to collect fingerprints in the field; (3) Questioning in the Field: Mandatory electronic recording of in-the-field questioning would substantially increase compliance with required cautioning; (4) Questioning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suspects: The Queensland Police Service has produced a training video that may help increase police officers' awareness about these procedures; (5) Presence of Solicitor at Interview: The lack of free and available legal advice is a major barrier; and (6) Searches: Operational police need to adhere closely to legislative and procedural requirements governing searches, most notably the requirement to provide a receipt for seized property. Abbreviations, notes, tables, figures, appendixes, references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Access to legal information; Australia; Defendant attitudes; Field interrogation and interview; Police policies and procedures; Police-minority relations; Police-offender relations; Suspect interrogation
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