Factsheet No. 1: FAQs About Police Powers

This factsheet answers some frequently asked questions about police powers in NSW. 

A police officer may search you if they suspect on reasonable grounds that you are in possession of stolen goods; dangerous goods or weapons; or illegal drugs. 

This factsheet answers questions including:

  • How should I respond if I am approached by a sniffer dog?
  • When can a police officer search me?
  • What are police allowed to do when they search me?
  • Do I have to give my name and address?
  • What is bail?
  • What happens if I breach my bail conditions?
  • How do I make a complaint about police?