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POLICE ADMINISTRATION ACT 1978 - SECT 116F

Reasonable grounds for search without warrant on indication of detection dog

    (1)     Subsection (2) applies if, before exercising a power under an Act to search a person or place without a warrant, a member of the Police Force is required to form a suspicion on reasonable grounds that:

        (a)     the person is carrying or has in the person's possession, or is in control of, a dangerous thing; or

        (b)     there is something at the place (including in a vehicle at a public place) that may be a dangerous thing.

    (2)     There are reasonable grounds for the suspicion if a detection dog indicates it has detected the odour of a dangerous thing:

        (a)     on the person or on, or in, a thing in the person's immediate control; or

        (b)     on or in a thing, not in the person's immediate control but which the member suspects on reasonable grounds is connected with the person, that is at the place where the detection is being carried out; or

        (c)     at the place.



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