RLC in the Media: NSW police visit homes of people on secret secret watchlist without cause
Queanbeyan police will go to the homes of people on a secret NSW police watchlist without cause and will actively seek these people on the street. (The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 November 2017).
NSW Police sources said the border town police would routinely door-knock persons on the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP). Violent and non-violent offenders are placed on a plan which then uses an algorithm to predict their likelihood of reoffending in the future.
There is no publicly available data about the plan in the Monaro Local Area Command, which oversees Queanbeyan.
Vicki Sentas from the Redfern Legal Centre Police Powers Clinic, said police already had all the powers they needed. Ms Sentas is concerned by actively targeting young and Indigenous people they are being set up for cyclical encounters with NSW's criminal justice system.
"The STMP doesn't give police any extra legal powers," Ms Sentas said.
"The public ought to expect police adhere to the law and act within the guidelines and parameters of the law. The public should not expect anything less than that because they've been categorised through a secret algorithm."
Ms Sentas is concerned by actively targeting young and Indigenous people they are being set up for cyclical encounters with NSW's criminal justice system.