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.

When Crashing Into Two Parked Cop Cars Is Not The Worst Part Of Your Day

Sometimes the job does itself.

Some days really don’t go to plan. And let’s be honest, few great days involve the phrase “crashing into a police car”, especially when said police car is parked outside a police station.

But if you’re driving past a cop shop wouldn’t you typically be extra-specially careful behind the wheel? And wouldn’t that be especially true if you happened to have, say, $200 million worth of ice in your van?

This bizarre turn of events is what has reportedly happened outside Eastwood police station on Sydney’s north in what Detective Chief Inspector Glyn Baker, described as “one of the easiest drug busts the NSW Police has ever made.”

Police stopped the vehicle in Ryde an hour after the crash and arrested a 26 year old man who has subsequently been charged with “large commercial drug supply, negligent driving, and not giving particulars to police.”

Note: it was stopped an hour later. That seems careless, when most folks experienced in the cop-crashing arts would likely suggest that such a vehicle might better be, say, empty and abandoned and on fire.


“This fellow… has certainly had a very, very bad day,” Chief Inspector Baker said to the Sydney Morning Herald, presumably while holding back giggles.

And possibly dances.

Still, let’s be honest: how many of us have had a day in which we can honestly say that colliding with a stationary police car outside of a cop shop was only the second or third worst thing that happened?


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