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Non-intimate procedures

    (1)     Subject to general orders, a member of the Police Force holding the rank of Senior Sergeant or a higher rank may approve the carrying out of a non-intimate procedure on a person:

        (a)     whom the member reasonably suspects has committed an indictable offence; or

        (b)     who is in lawful custody charged with an offence punishable by imprisonment.

    (2)     A member of the Police Force may, in accordance with the approval, carry out the non-intimate procedure.

    (2A)     If the non-intimate procedure is the taking of a sample by buccal swab, a member of the Police Force may direct the person to provide the sample.

    (3)     A person is not to be taken to have provided a sample unless the sample is sufficient to enable an analysis of it to be carried out.

    (4)     A member of the Police Force may use reasonable force when exercising his or her powers under this section.

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