In response to fear that violent crime is getting out of control, especially in entertainment districts, there is currently a Bill before the Western Australian Parliament which will allow police to stop and search without the consent of the person and without reasonable suspicion in designated areas. This article explores the reasons for the proposed extension of police powers in WA’ and argues that the powers are unnecessary, that the legislation contains inadequate safeguards, that it is likely to lead to the targeting of certain groups in the community and that it could undermine public confidence in the police.
Mike Rowe, Megan O’Neill, Sofie De Kimpe and István Hoffman have published the paper Policing during a pandemic – for…Read more
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