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Review of police powers in Queensland

In 1989, the Fitzgerald Inquiry recommended a comprehensive review of police powers in Queensland. The Criminal Justice Commission conducted this review and produced a series of reports:

  • Volume 1 of the review of police powers in Queensland is an introduction to the complex subject of police powers. It sets out the review process undertaken by the CJC as well as describing similar review by committees and commissions in other jurisdictions. This volume also discusses the nature of police powers and their relationship to police effectiveness and various concepts and definitions that frequently arise in discussing police powers.
  • Volume 2 deals with the police powers of entry, search and seizure prior to arrest. It addresses matters relating to the stopping and searching of persons, the issue and execution of search warrants and many other more specific questions within this broad subject area.
  • Volume 3 makes a number of recommendations relating to police powers of arrest without warrant and the power of the police to demand a person's name and address.
  • Volume 4 deals primarily with issues relating to suspects' rights and police questioning of suspects. The volume includes recommendations for the establishment of a scheme of post-areest, pre-charge detention, and for the provision of free legal advice to suspects in police stations.
  • Volume 5 contains recommendations relating to the police use of listening devices and other forms of electronic survillance, the taking of body samples, fingerprinting powers, rules and procedures governing eyewitness identification, police powers to preserve crime scenes, and strategies for promoting compliance with the CJC's proposed scheme of police powers.

Related documents

Report on a Review of Police Powers in Queensland:

Last updated: 07 December 2012

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