The police in NSW are granted extensive powers under various laws and regulations, enabling them to maintain law and order, prevent crime, and protect individuals and property. Some of the key police powers in NSW include:


1. Search and seizure: Police officers can search individuals, premises, and vehicles if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that a person has committed an offence or is in possession of illegal items. They can also seize any evidence that they believe is related to a crime.


2. Arrest: Police officers can arrest a person if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that the person has committed an offence or is about to commit an offence. They can also arrest a person if they have a warrant for their arrest.


3. Use of force: Police officers can use force if necessary to make an arrest or to prevent a crime. However, they must use reasonable force and avoid using excessive force.


4. Stop and search: Police officers can stop and search a person if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is carrying illegal items or weapons.


5. Breath & Drug testing: Police officers can conduct random breath tests to detect and deter drink driving.


Please note that the above list is not exhaustive list of the police powers in NSW.


It is important to note that while police officers have broad powers, there are also legal limits to these powers. Individuals have certain rights and protections under the law, and police officers must follow proper procedures and respect these rights when exercising their powers.


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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 8th May 2023.


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