OmbudsmanNT Report to The Honourable John Elferink MLA Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Compliance by Northern Territory Police Force with Surveillance Devices Act Second Report 2015
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3 REGISTER OF WARRANTS Under Section 62 of the Act, NT Police are required to keep a register of warrants and emergency authorisations. The Register was examined by staff from my office on 16 June 2015. The Register documented 24 warrants for the relevant period. The Register recorded 3 emergency authorisations had been sought since the previous inspection of 2 December 2014. The register fulfilled the requirements of Section 62. INSPECTION Records inspected included documentation relating to 24 warrant applications since the last inspection. Of the 24 warrant applications; 6 authorised the use of a listening/optical device o 13 authorised the use of a tracking device 1 authorised the use of a listening/tracking device 1 authorised the use of listening/optical and tracking device 2 authorised the use of a listening device 1 authorised the use of an optical device Emergency authorisations were issued for: 1 listening/tracking device 2 listening/optical devices No applications were refused or withdrawn. DEFICIENCIES Two minor issues were identified by police and brought to the attention of my staff during this inspection. Both issues related to applications for warrants being incorrect either through incorrect completion of a form which was no longer in use or through an officers lack of knowledge on how to correctly complete paperwork. The errors were brought to the attention of the relevant officers and education undertaken. FINDING On the basis of the records inspected, NT Police and its law enforcement officers have complied with the requirements of the Surveillance Devices Act. Peter Shoyer Ombudsman 22 July 2015
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