Dog Days Are Not Over

With over 17% of drug dog inspections escalating to strip-searches by NSW police, the bark is worse than the bite. Police drug sniffer dogs have drawn renewed criticism after new data revealed an increase of strip searches in New South Wales. Greens MP David Shoebridge said the use of dogs were ineffective in stopping drug Read more about Dog Days Are Not Over[…]

The Roll-Out of Police Drones in Melbourne

In another step towards a Big Brother state, the Victorian Government will roll out police drones to monitor crowds at major Melbourne events. Following the launch of the state’s first-ever specialist drone unit, the unmanned aircraft will hover over locations deemed “high risk”. These include locations such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Police Inspector Read more about The Roll-Out of Police Drones in Melbourne[…]

Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW

The scenario is a simple one. You’ve just finished a long, hard day at work or school and begin your journey home. Suddenly, your normal journey is disrupted by a swarm of NSW Police encircling the train station turnstile you’re about to walk through. Two police officers stop you and subject you to an invasive Read more about Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW[…]

Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed

In an earlier article this year, we wrote about a secret police watchlist called the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP). The STMP is a list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. Almost half of the people targeted by the STMP are under the age of Read more about Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed[…]

Proposed Changes to Drink-Driving Laws

Proposed changes to drink-driving laws will see an increase in the penalties given to NSW drivers if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Roads Minister Melinda Pavey introduced a new law to Parliament last week targeting drink drivers and drug drivers. Police given the power to issue on-the-spot fines Under the proposed Read more about Proposed Changes to Drink-Driving Laws[…]

Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People

NSW Police are targeting minority groups with a secret blacklist. The Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is a police list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. 55% of STMP targets are Aboriginal and almost half are under the age of 25. Children as young as Read more about Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People[…]

Unfair measures targeting Bikie Organisations in Police crackdown

A series of shootings and fires across the Hunter Valley region have led to the NSW Police initiating a task force aimed at cracking down on local rival bikie organisations. As part of this, bikie organisations have been targeted by NSW Police who have proposed severe measures that would forbid them from associating with other Read more about Unfair measures targeting Bikie Organisations in Police crackdown[…]

Police Brutality at the Mardi Gras

With Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras coming up we warn attendees to be mindful of police activities. Police brutality is unfortunately a common occurrence at large scale and busy events such as the Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras in 2013 was particularly prone to police using excessive force against attendees. There was a substantial amount of claims made Read more about Police Brutality at the Mardi Gras[…]

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission: The Good & The Bad

Earlier this year, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (‘LECC’) replaced the previous Police Integrity Commission (‘PIC’) and a number of other institutions as the central committee for oversight of police in NSW. However, the benefits for accountability and efficiency are weakened by the government’s lackluster implementation and its failure to reform a key area of Read more about The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission: The Good & The Bad[…]