NSW police officers are conducting strip searches illegally and at an increasing rate, a new report has found, prompting calls for legislative change. There's been a huge rise in the use of community strip searches by police over the past decade, according to the University of NSW report released on Thursday. The Rethinking Strip Searches by NSW Police report notes the "degrading and humiliating" searches aren't legally justified if a police officer merely suspects someone has drugs. Yet that's the reason given for more than 90 per cent of the strip searches conducted in NSW in the year ending June Officers can only conduct a strip search in the field if they suspect it's necessary and the seriousness and urgency of the circumstances make it necessary.
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The eighth-grader was in a fight at Kepner Middle School in Colorado, when school officials allegedly decided to strip-search her after finding a pipe in her backpack. A female school counsellor, male staff member and a male policeman asked her to remove her shirt in front of them in Denver, her mother Danielle Espinoza claims. Scroll down for video. Annoyed: The eighth-grade pupil's mother Danielle Espinoza is annoyed after her daughter was 'strip searched' after school officials found a pipe in her backpack. After the school counsellor searched her pockets and patted her down, she was told she had to remove her shirt in front of the two males.
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Another officer was "sniffing my phone as if he had some sixth sense, like he had drug detection powers with his own nose". Daniel, 25, was lining up to get into Subculture Festival at Sydney Olympic Park in when he was approached by a police drug dog. Daniel, whose surname has been withheld for privacy reasons, says he told the police he wasn't carrying any drugs. After they went through his exterior clothes and the inside of his bag, one officer took him into a cubicle and told him to take off all his clothes. Then I had to turn around, squat down, and get back up.
When Savana Redding was summoned from her middle school classroom to the principal's office, she remembers walking down the hallway wondering why. But when she walked in the office, she ran headlong into school officials' zealous efforts to protect students from drugs. Suspecting Savana, school officials subjected her to an invasive strip search -- without ever calling her mother. That search now has set the stage for a significant Supreme Court showdown that could redefine student privacy rights and outline important guidelines for school officials as they seek out dangerous contraband, like drugs , weapons or alcohol. Savana, now 18, says her case -- being subjected to a strip search for what amounted to two Advils -- shows guidelines are necessary.