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LAW ENFORCEMENT (POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES) ACT 2002 - SECT 3
(1) In this Act:
"Aboriginal person" means a person who:
(a) is a member of the Aboriginal race
of Australia, and
(b) identifies as an Aboriginal person, and
accepted by the Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person.
"apprehended violence order" has the same meaning as in the Crimes (Domestic
and Personal Violence) Act 2007 .
"authorised officer" means:
(a) a Magistrate or a Children's Magistrate, or
(b) a registrar of the Local Court, or
(c) an employee of the Attorney
General's Department authorised by the Attorney General as an
authorised officer for the purposes of this Act either personally or as the
holder of a specified office.
"body cavities" of a person do not include the person's mouth.
"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Police.
"correctional centre" has the same meaning as it has in the Crimes
(Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 .
"covert search warrant" means a search warrant issued under Division 2 of Part
5 that may be executed covertly.
"crime scene" means premises established as a crime scene under Part 7.
"crime scene power" means a power set out in section 95.
"crime scene warrant" means a warrant issued under section 94.
"criminal organisation search warrant" means a search warrant issued under
Division 2 of Part 5 in relation to an organised crime offence.
"custody manager" means the police officer having from time to time the
responsibility for the care, control and safety of a person detained at a
police station or other place of detention.
"dangerous article" means:
(a) a firearm, a spare barrel for any such firearm,
or any ammunition for any such firearm, or
(b) a prohibited weapon within the
meaning of the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 , or
(c) a spear gun, or
article or device, not being such a firearm, capable of discharging by any
(i) any irritant matter in liquid, powder, gas or chemical form or any
dense smoke, or
(ii) any substance capable of causing bodily harm, or
fuse capable of use with an explosive or a detonator, or
(f) a detonator.
"dangerous implement" means:
(a) a dangerous article, or
(b) a knife
(including a knife blade, razor blade or any other blade), or
(c) any other
implement made or adapted for use for causing injury to a person, or
anything intended, by the person having custody of the thing, to be used to
injure or menace a person or damage property, or
(e) a laser pointer, but
does not include anything that is of a class or description declared by the
regulations to be excluded from this definition.
"drug offence" means the possession, control or supply by a person of any
prohibited drug or prohibited plant in contravention of the Drug Misuse and
Trafficking Act 1985 .
(a) any building or other structure intended for
occupation as a dwelling and capable of being so occupied, whether or not it
has ever been so occupied, and
(b) a vessel or vehicle in or on which any
person resides, and
(c) any building or other structure within the same
curtilage as a dwelling and occupied with, or the use of which is ancillary to
the occupation of, the dwelling.
"electronic metal detection device" means an electronic device that is capable
of detecting the presence of metallic objects.
"exercise" a function includes perform a duty.
"face" means a person's face:
(a) from the top of the forehead to the bottom
of the chin, and
(b) between (but not including) the ears.
"face covering" means an item of clothing, helmet, mask or any other thing
that is worn by a person and prevents the person's face from being seen
(whether wholly or partly).
"facsimile" means facsimile transmission, the internet or any other means of
electronic transmission of information in a form from which written material
is capable of being reproduced with or without the aid of any other device or
"firearm" has the same meaning as it has in the Firearms Act 1996 , and
includes an imitation firearm within the meaning of that Act.
"function" includes a power, authority or duty.
"identity" of a person means the name or residential address of the person (or
"indictable offence" means an offence for which proceedings may be taken on
indictment, whether or not proceedings for the offence may also be taken
otherwise than on an indictment.
"laser pointer" means a hand-held battery-operated device, designed or adapted
to emit a laser beam, that may be used for the purposes of aiming, targeting
"lawful custody" means lawful custody of the police.
"manufacture" has the same meaning as it has in the Drug Misuse and
Trafficking Act 1985 .
"NSW Police Force" means the NSW Police Force established by the Police Act
"occupier" of premises includes a person in charge of the premises.
"owner" of a vehicle means the responsible person for a vehicle within the
meaning of the Road Transport Act 2013 , and includes:
(a) a person who is not
such an owner but who usually has the care, control and custody of the
(b) any other person prescribed by the regulations for the
purposes of this definition.
"parent" of a child means the person who has parental responsibility for the
"parental responsibility" , in relation to a child, means all the duties,
powers, responsibilities and authorities which, by law, parents have in
relation to their children.
"person of non-English speaking background" means a person who is born in a
country outside Australia and whose first language is not English.
"police officer" means a member of the NSW Police Force holding a position
that is designated under the Police Act 1990 as a position to be held by a
"premises" includes any building, structure, vehicle, vessel or aircraft and
any place, whether built on or not.
"prohibited drug" has the same meaning as it has in the Drug Misuse and
Trafficking Act 1985 .
"prohibited plant" has the same meaning as it has in the Drug Misuse and
Trafficking Act 1985 .
"prohibited weapon" has the same meaning as it has in the Weapons Prohibition
Act 1998 .
"property" has the same meaning as it has in the Crimes Act 1900 .
"public place" includes:
(a) a place (whether or not covered by water), or
part of premises, that is open to the public or is used by the public, whether
or not on payment of money or other consideration, whether or not the place or
part is ordinarily so open or used and whether or not the public to whom it is
open consists only of a limited class of persons, and
(b) a road or
road related area, but does not include a school.
"road" means a road within the meaning of section 4 (1) of the Road Transport
Act 2013 (other than a road that is the subject of a declaration made under
section 18 (1) (b) of that Act relating to all of the provisions of that Act).
"road related area" means a road related area within the meaning of section 4
(1) of the Road Transport Act 2013 (other than a road related area that is the
subject of a declaration made under section 18 (1) (b) of that Act relating to
all of the provisions of that Act).
"roadblock authorisation" means an authorisation given by a
senior police officer under section 37.
"scene of crime officer" means a member of the NSW Police Force responsible
for examining or maintaining crime scenes.
(a) a government school or registered non-government school
within the meaning of the Education Act 1990 , or
(b) a school providing
education (whether secular or religious) at a pre-school or infants school
level or at a primary or secondary level, or
(c) a place used for the
purposes of an establishment commonly known as a child-minding centre or for
similar purposes, or
(d) the land, and any building, occupied by or in
connection with the conduct of such a school or place, and includes any part
of such a school or place, but does not include any building that is occupied
or used solely as a residence or solely for a purpose unconnected with the
conduct of such a school or place.
"senior police officer" means:
(a) a Police Area Commander, or
(a1) a Police
District Commander, or
(b) a Duty Officer for a police station, or
other police officer of the rank of Inspector or above.
Note : By virtue of
the Interpretation Act 1987 (section 48 (2)) a person acting in an office
referred to above may exercise the functions of a senior police officer under
"serious indictable offence" means an indictable offence that is punishable by
imprisonment for life or for a term of 5 years or more.
"strip search" means a search of a person or of articles in the possession of
a person that may include:
(a) requiring the person to remove all of his or
her clothes, and
(b) an examination of the person's body (but not of the
person's body cavities) and of those clothes.
"supply" has the same meaning as it has in the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act
"telephone" includes radio, facsimile and any other communication device.
"Torres Strait Islander" means a person who:
(a) is a member of the Torres
Strait Island race, and
(b) identifies as a Torres Strait Islander, and
is accepted by the Torres Strait Island community as a Torres Strait Islander.
"transgender person" means a person (whether or not the person is a person
whose sex is altered under Part 5A of the Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registration Act 1995 or under the corresponding provisions of a law of
another Australian jurisdiction):
(a) who identifies as a member of the
opposite sex, by living, or seeking to live, as a member of the opposite sex,
(b) who has identified as a member of the opposite sex by living as a
member of the opposite sex, or
(c) who, being of indeterminate sex,
identifies as a member of a particular sex by living as a member of that sex,
and includes a reference to the person being thought of as a
transgender person, whether the person is, or was, in fact a
"vehicle" includes a motor vehicle, trailer or other registrable vehicle
within the meaning of the Road Transport Act 2013 .
"vehicle roadblock powers" --see section 37.
Note : The Interpretation Act
1987 contains definitions and other provisions that affect the interpretation
and application of this Act.
(2) In this Act, a reference to a person who has
been charged with an offence is a reference to a person:
(a) in respect of
whom a charge sheet has been completed by a police officer where proceedings
for an offence are to be commenced against the person, or
(b) against whom
proceedings for an offence have been commenced.
(2A) In this Act, a
(a) to a member of the opposite sex of a person means, if the
person is a transgender person, a member of the opposite sex to the sex with
which the transgender person identifies, and
(b) to a member of the same sex
as a person means, if the person is a transgender person, a member of the same
sex as the sex with which the transgender person identifies.
(3) Notes in the
text of this Act do not form part of this Act.
Note : In a heading to a
provision of this Act, a reference to the
"Cth Act" is a reference to the Crimes Act 1914 of the Commonwealth and a
reference to the
"former LEPRA" is a reference to a provision of Part 5 as in force immediately
before it was amended by the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities)
Amendment (Search Powers) Act 2009 .
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