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Criminal Investigation Powers Bill Exposure Draft

Public submissions on this Exposure Draft are now closed   


Criminal investigation powers, such as the power to arrest and question suspects, take DNA samples and fingerprints, and obtain warrants, are used everyday by police to gather evidence, and question witnesses and suspects. Police need the right tools to promote community safety and investigate crime. 

A draft Bill - the Criminal Investigation Powers Bill Exposure Draft – has been prepared for public comment along with a discussion paper. The reforms in the Exposure Draft aim to streamline, improve and consolidate Victoria’s criminal investigation powers relating to:

  • arrest, detention and questioning
  • taking, using, retaining and destroying fingerprints, DNA and other forensic samples
  • obtaining and executing search warrants.

Further information is available in the documents attached below.

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Document information

Author: Department of Justice
Publisher: Department of Justice
Date of Publication: 2014
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2014


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