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