The Review of Police Criminal Investigative Powers Discussion Paper was released for consultation in May 2010 with submissions closing on 30 June 2010. The Paper considers a broad range of police powers and advocates the modernisation and consolidation of those powers into a single piece of legislation.
The aim is to provide the courts, legal practitioners and the community with a single source of legislation for all police criminal investigative powers.
The discussion paper deals with police powers like arrest procedures, search provisions, protections and safeguards for those in custody and how police treat those in custody.The discussion paper provides extensive discussion on a broad range of police powers and advocates the modernisation and consolidation of those powers into a single piece of legislation.
The Paper explores the manner in which safeguards and protections for criminal suspects or people in police custody are framed and the thresholds at which police officers are able to exercise powers such as stop, search and arrest. The Paper advocates the repatriation of important protections and safeguards for people arrested by police which are currently found in the Crimes Act 1914 (Cwlth).