Factsheet No. 4: Strip searches and your rights

This factsheet answers some frequently asked questions about strip searches and your rights.

A strip search must only be conducted by NSW police when an officer suspects on reasonable grounds that a strip search is necessary for the purposes of the search and that the seriousness and urgency of the circumstances make the strip search necessary

This factsheet answer questions including:

  • When can police conduct a strip search?
  • What constitutes reasonable suspicion?
  • What must police tell you before conducting a strip search?
  • How should police conduct a strip search?
  • What clothing can police ask you to take off?
  • Can I ask a friend to be present during the search?
  • Can police touch my body?

First published: December 2019
Last revised: September 2021