Police Strip Search – Your Rights and Obligations

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Police Strip Search – Your Rights and Obligations

A current topical issue is the use of strip searches by Police at music festivals and public order
disturbances.

The test that Police must apply in order to order a strip is one of reasonable suspicion. A
reasonable suspicion must have some factual basis for believing that a person has committed
an offence, such as drug possession.

Whilst it is not illegal to refuse an unlawful strip search you will likely run into the real world
practicality of the Police who have issued the order taking the view that you are now resisting
Police and this situation may escalate. A better course of action is to state clearly and
repeatedly that whilst you are not refusing their direction you say that the search is illegal.

For more information about your rights and obligations of a strip search give our team a call on 02 6542 5566.

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