Police Powers (Drug Detection Trial) Act 2003 Review August 2008

ISBN 978-1-921132-16-2
Category Reports and submissions
Publication Date 21 August 2008


The Police Powers(Drug Detection Trial) Act 2003 aimed to equip police with additional powers to tackle the vehicular trafficking of indictable quantities of drugs by allowing police to randomly stop and screen vehicles with drug detection dogs in areas where there is intelligence and evidence suggesting that drugs are being couriered on a regular basis. A critical examination of this trial and its predecessor - the Police Powers (Drug Detection in Border Areas Trial) Act 2003 - reveals the powers are demonstrably ineffectual in assisting police to apprehend drug couriers on a sustained basis.

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