Have your say on police powers

CENTRAL Queensland residents have just under two weeks to have their say about proposed new police powers.

Public submissions on the draft Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 close on May 6.

Key areas of proposed change include the introduction of a power to search minors and their property where a police officer reasonably suspects they are in possession of alcohol - allowing analysis of DNA samples to take place at an accredited forensic laboratory that is not a government laboratory.

Other increased powers include ensuring community service orders imposed as an alternative to vehicle impoundments are enforceable.

A copy of the draft bill can be downloaded from the QPS website or can be obtained at any police station.

More information is available online at www.police.qld.gov.au, by calling 3015 5953, or by emailing PPRA.ReviewSecretariat@police.qld.gov.au.



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