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NSW Watchdog Delivers Strip-Search Report

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The findings of a landmark inquiry into strip-searching practices of the New South Wales Police will be revealed when the law enforcement watchdog delivers its final report to state parliament. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) announced an investigation into the use of power by police officers to conduct strip searches in 2018 after it received complaints and anecdotal information from community organisations. Commissioner Lea Drake suggested last week that the report will include a new policy about strip-searching developed with NSW Police. The commission has already published several reports throughout the inquiry, which are case studies of individual strip-search incidents and how police monitored potential misconduct. The reports all found that police officers lacked proper understanding of legal requirements for conducting strip searches and had not received enough training. A report (pdf) in May looked at the incident of a 16-year-old girl who was searched unlawfully at the Splendour in the Grass music festival …

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