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Police Can Film Your Strip Search - In Fact, They're Ordered To

It's not just legal, it's standard procedure.

In a somewhat disquieting piece of news, it turns out that the police can absolutely film your strip search – and, in fact, are ordered to do so.

This was a finding from a Freedom Of Information request from the Redfern Legal Centre, reported by the Guardian.

More specifically, the officer doing the strip searching shouldn’t have their body camera on – but a support officer should be present and have their camera on.

The FOI request followed reports in the Sydney Morning Herald that there were no clear guidelines for what circumstances warranted a strip search and the officers were taking it on themselves to decide without any other authorisation.

The document makes clear that people should have their privacy respected when police film their strip search, but that “A person’s privacy is not a sufficient reason to cease filming a strip search conducted in the lawful execution of an officer’s duty.”

“Standard operating procedures also ensure resulting footage cannot be seen by people without a lawful right to do so and that there is no unnecessary recording of a person’s private parts,” a spokesperson for NSW police said.

So you know, the police are determined that the nudity should be… what, tasteful?

And it’s understandable why this is required, as much for the stripping-person’s protection as any potential evidential reason.

However, we live in a time when police are being castigated for accessing people’s metadata without authorisation, as well as assisting pals to hunt down their ex-partners escaping domestic violence.

And in any case, the idea of the cops having nudie footage of people with zero recourse feels like a single hack or an accidental (or, for that matter, deliberate) data breach away from being a massive public issue.

And if history is any guide, that should happen in three, two…

A Vain Criminal Sent Police A More Flattering Mugshot And Mate, It's Not That Good

A good self-image is key.

It’s good to feel confident and attractive in one’s own body, but as a rule it’s considered somewhat vain when you’re a criminal that sends police a more flattering photograph of oneself because you don’t care for your mugshot.

Especially when they’re engaged in your manhunt at the time.

A chap named Stephen Murphy is currently on the run in Lincolnshire after failing to show up in court earlier this month.

Unable to locate him, local police took to Facebook to ask if anyone knew his whereabouts, and ran his mugshot as part of said appeal.

However Murphy – who is reportedly also known as Jr V Murphy – took umbrage and what he felt wasn’t a true representation of his powerful sexfulness.

And so he sent the cops a selfie.

It was accompanied by the following instructions:

And if you get my name right and don’t put the worst picture of me on, when I’ve been up for three days in Boston cop shop, you might be able to find me. Post this, it’s better for you.

Stephen Murphy, style icon

And look, we need to have a little talk about his FaceTune game, because that shot is processed to hell. His hairline looks downright shopped, the contrast is all over the place – honestly, maybe sit down with a few tutorials and really get your tune-game honed before goading the police.

In any case, the real lesson for all of us is to ensure that when the police photograph you as part of an arrest, maybe give them three-to-five looks to work with before the shoot so you can get it right first time.

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