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Are Police Officers Required to Identify Themselves in New South Wales?

Police officers in New South Wales are required to identify themselves when exercising a power to:

1. Stop, search or arrest a person,

2. Stop and search a vehicle, vessel or aircraft,

3. Enter or search a premises,

4. Seize property,

5. Require the disclosure of identity,

6. Give or make a direction, requirement or request that a person must comply with a law, or

7. Establish a crime scene.

The identification must include:

A. Evidence of being a police officer, unless in uniform,

B. Name and place of duty, and

C. The reason for the exercise of power.

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