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RACING AND BETTING ACT 1983 - SECT 137

Special powers relating to searches, &c.

    (1)     Notwithstanding section 117 of the Police Administration Act 1978 , it shall not be necessary in an information laid or application made for the purpose of obtaining a search warrant for the search of a place on or in which a member of the Police Force has reasonable grounds for suspecting unlawful betting is, has been or is about to be carried on, or in a search warrant issued as a result of that information laid or application made, for the particular items associated with betting for which it is intended to search, or a description of such items, to be specified, and a search for any such item may be conducted by authority of the warrant.

    (2)     A member of the Police Force who lawfully enters a place on or in which he has reasonable grounds for suspecting unlawful betting is, has been or is about to be carried on may, with such assistance as he thinks necessary, if necessary by force:

        (a)     open a cupboard, drawer, chest, trunk, box, package or other receptacle, whether a fixture or not, found on or in the place;

        (b)     without warrant, search a person found on or in the place or the clothing being worn by or property in the control of the person; and

        (c)     seize anything found on or in the place or in the course of the search that he reasonably believes is evidence of or associated with unlawful betting on or in that place.

    (3)     The power conferred on a member of the Police Force by this section is in addition to and not in derogation of any other power conferred by a law in force in the Territory.



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