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Report on review of preventative detention and covert searches tabled in Parliament

13 Nov 2014

The Ombudsman’s latest review of police use of counter-terrorism laws related to preventative detention and covert searches, during the period 2011-2013, has been tabled in Parliament. We recommended that Corrective Services complete its procedures for preventative detention and that the Police Commissioner then review these procedures and those of Juvenile Justice NSW to ensure consistency and operational readiness across all relevant agencies.

The NSW Ombudsman has begun reviewing whether police officers are providing their name and place of duty when they exercise certain powers, such as search and arrest. We will review compliance with this requirement during the 12 months starting 1 November 2014. Learn more.

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