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Police Move-On Powers: A CMC Review of Their Use

NCJ Number
233604
Date Published
December 2010
Length
104 pages
Annotation
This report from the Australian Crime and Misconduct Commission examines the use of police move-on powers by the Queensland police.
Abstract
Key findings in this report include: the vast majority of people moved on were adults, primarily in the 17 to 24 age group; peak usage of the powers occurred on weekends, in warmer months, and in entertainment hotspots; Indigenous people were significantly more likely to receive a move-on direction than non-Indigenous people; and that most people who disobeyed a move-on direction were arrested. This report examines the use of move-on powers by the Queensland Police Service. The move-on powers are intended to give the police services the power to respond to antisocial behavior, thus leading to improved perceptions of community safety. Official data from four-time periods were analyzed in this review to examine the use of the directive: 1 year prior to and 1 year following statewide expansion of the powers, 2 years after expansion, 33 months after expansion, and 2 years prior to and 2 years after statewide expansion of the powers. The review examined three key questions: how are police using move-on powers, what role do move-on powers play in policing public order, and what is guiding or influencing the use of move-on powers. Following an examination of the data, the report lists 11 recommendations for providing legislative and policy changes for the use of move-on powers by the police. Figures, tables, appendixes, and references