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2517 - Police - POLICE STRIP SEARCHES

Shoebridge, David to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry representing the Minister for Police, and Minister for Emergency Services
  1. What was the total number of strip searches undertaken in New South Wales for any reason in each of the following financial years:
    1. 2014-2015?
    2. 2015-2016?
    3. 2016-2017?
    4. 2017-2018?
    5. 2018-2019 to date?
  2. What was the number of strip searches undertaken in New South Wales for any reason where anything stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained; anything used or intended to be used in or in connection with the commission of a relevant offence; a dangerous article that was being or was used in or in connection with the commission of a relevant offence in a public place; a prohibited plant; or a prohibited drug was found, in each of the following financial years:
    1. 2014-2015?
    2. 2015-2016?
    3. 2016-2017?
    4. 2017-2018?
    5. 2018-2019 to date?
  3. What was the number of strip searches undertaken in New South Wales for any reason where anything stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained; anything used or intended to be used in or in connection with the commission of a relevant offence; a dangerous article that was being or was used in or in connection with the commission of a relevant offence in a public place; a prohibited plant; or a prohibited drug was not found, in each of the following financial years:
    1. 2014-2015?
    2. 2015-2016?
    3. 2016-2017?
    4. 2017-2018?
    5. 2018-2019 to date?
  4. What was the total number of prosecutions commenced following a strip search in each of the following financial years:
    1. 2014-2015?
    2. 2015-2016?
    3. 2016-2017?
    4. 2017-2018?
    5. 2018-2019 to date?
  5. What was the total number of successful prosecutions following a strip search in each of the following financial years:
    1. 2014-2015?
    2. 2015-2016?
    3. 2016-2017?
    4. 2017-2018?
    5. 2018-2019 to date?
Answer -

I am advised:

The following data has been sourced from the NSW Police Force COPS database relating to strip searches conducted in the field, for any reason. It should be noted that the figures relate to the number of searches. It is possible that an individual was searched more than once in a specific period.

    1. 3,735
    2. 5,082
    3. 4,456
    4. 5,483
    5. 1,913 (to 14 November 2018)
    1. 1,335
    2. 1,746
    3. 1,613
    4. 2,048
    5. 620 (to 14 November 2018) NB: These figures include drug detection; goods in custody⁄receiving; intention offences (armed with intent & possess implements) and person searches where any of the following items were found: drug implement, firearm, firearm accessory⁄attachment, prohibited article and sharp⁄cutting instrument.
    1. 2,400
    2. 3,336
    3. 2,843
    4. 3,435
    5. 1,293 (to 14 November 2018)
    1. 1,151
    2. 1,554
    3. 1,472
    4. 1,865
    5. 558 (to 14 November 2018)
  1. Court outcomes are a matter for the Attorney General.
Question asked on 14 November 2018 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 181
Answer received on 19 December 2018 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 186