24 Apr 2024

Police Association warns officers cannot take gang patches in real time under proposed law

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 24 April 2024
Patched Black Power members at a gathering.

Patched Black Power members at a gathering. Photo: Facebook

The Police Association warns officers will not be able to confiscate gang patches in real time, under a proposed law change.

The Gangs Legislation Amendment Bill is in front of a justice select committee as part of the coalition's crackdown on crime.

It includes banning gang patches in all public places, giving police special powers to break up gang gatherings, and allowing courts to stop gang members associating with each other.

Association president Chris Cahill says while he broadly supports the bill, the public should not expect officers to take gang patches on the spot.