The request was made during one of several body searches that were documented in a NSW Police misconduct report.
The New South Wales (NSW) Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) report said the woman received the request during a strip search outside Sydney’s Star Casino in January last year.
The commission investigated NSW police after a series of complaints and reports in local media, mainly research carried out at music festivals.
Complaints were received regarding the searches of four young women; at the Hidden Music Festival, the Secret Garden Music Festival and outside of the Star Casino that same year, mostly as a result of drug dog reactions.
During the search of the Sydney Olympic Park Hidden Music Festival on March 2, 2019, a woman was forced to cough and squat, with no privacy.
No illicit drugs were found, but she was detained for over an hour before being kicked out of the festival and given a six-month prohibition notice.
The commission said the police should apologize to him.
In February 2019, at the Secret Garden Music Festival in Brownlow Hill, about 34 miles from Sydney, an artist was forced to pull down her panties and bend over, according to another complaint.
Her parents described it as a “degrading act”, after which a police officer spoke to her “unprofessionally” and made fun of her. Again, no illicit drugs were found.
At the Midnight Mafia Musical Festival in May 2019, it was reported that two patrons, including at least one female, had been strip searched in a “humiliating” manner and then deported, although no drugs were found.
At the same festival at Sydney Olympic Park the year before, an 18-year-old woman was subjected to a strip search which she described as “traumatic” but was then escorted out of the site, again despite the absence of drugs.
The search involving the request to remove the tampon was investigated by the NSW Police Professional Standards Command, but the investigation was not overseen by the commission, as the police investigation had concluded that there was a “lack of clarity” on the legality of an agent’s query.
The NSW Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (LEPRA) states that police officers who conduct strip searches may require a person to undress and examine a person’s body – but not body cavities.
They must also seek the cooperation of the person, inform the person of the reasons for the search and proceed with the search in the “least invasive” manner “practicable in the circumstances”.
The commission said that many officers involved in the searches had been questioned and various measures taken by force as a result of the investigation, including the introduction of new roles at major events and the improvement of orientation, education and information procedures.
He noted that an earlier report had revealed that legal advice on whether a person could be asked to move part of their body during a search was that, although>
He added that the police research manual currently says officers can ask a person to squat, lift the breasts, spread the buttocks or turn the body, but a new version of the manual is in the works. writing course.
The report’s conclusion said that “many practices have been significantly improved on the basis of these particular investigations, more complaints have been investigated, LECC reports and policy considerations”, but looked forward to another. police report that would focus on “systems”.