Police Powers in Victoria


What this booklet covers

This booklet is a general guide to help you when you deal with the police. It focuses on what police can and cannot do. The booklet covers things like arrest, being held in custody and searches. It also includes information about Protective Services Officers (PSOs).

When dealing with the police and PSOs, it is important to remember that you have rights.

What is a reasonable belief – a belief that an ordinary and reasonable person would have in the same situation. Reasonable belief must be factually based. It is more than a feeling



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