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NSW Off Duty Police Officer Pulled Me Over - Legal?

Discussion in 'Traffic Law Forum' started by AnnaB, 4 September 2015.

  1. AnnaB

    AnnaB Member

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    I was wondering if an off duty police officer (NSW) is legally allowed to pull over a driver, take down that person's details and ask to see the contents of the driver's handbag. This was late at night, the officer identified himself and said he'd seen me driving erratically. He asked a few questions and asked to see my drivers licence. After me showing him the contents of my handbag and he wrote down my details, he said he was giving me a verbal caution. Is this above board?
     
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    I rather doubt that this was a real policeman.
     
  3. Flatout

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    Did he show you his police identified
     
  4. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi AnnaB,

    Assuming he was a real cop - as I understand it police have the same powers off duty as they do on duty, however they still have to follow proper procedures.
     
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  5. AnnaB

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    Thank you. Yes, he did show me identification. I felt pretty intimidated, though, and I still have my doubts that proper procedures were followed. However, nothing further has come of it, so I will let the issue go. Thank you for your replies.
     
  6. Ozwarlock67

    Ozwarlock67 Well-Known Member

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    You also have the right to ask for HIS details. Name, rank and where he is based. I think it's a bit high-handed though, to pull you over when he is off duty and intimidate you.
     

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