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Sniff test: Berejiklian government to swab drivers for cocaine after police pressure

Sniff test: Berejiklian government to swab drivers for cocaine after police pressure

Coalition’s move follows months of lobbying from NSW police, who say test will improve road safetyDrivers in New South Wales will be subject to roadside tests for cocaine, the latest addition to the
Queensland police union calls for end to use of unmarked speed cameras

Queensland police union calls for end to use of unmarked speed cameras

QPU president says ‘sneaky’ devices do not reduce state’s road toll or stop people from speeding and are just revenue raisersThe Queensland Police Union has called for an immediate end to the use of
Police officer in serious condition after Maroubra stabbing

Police officer in serious condition after Maroubra stabbing

Detective Sergeant John Breda sustained multiple stab wounds after an attempted arrest led to confrontationA senior New South Wales police officer is in a serious but stable condition after he was
Police suspect man’s death in woodchipper was not an accident

Police suspect man’s death in woodchipper was not an accident

Queenslander Bruce Saunders’ death being treated as suspicious after coronial investigationThe death of a 54-year-old Queensland man after an “incident” with an industrial woodchipper is being treated
Woman charged over ‘Islamic State-inspired’ stabbing in Melbourne

Woman charged over ‘Islamic State-inspired’ stabbing in Melbourne

Bangladeshi woman allegedly stabs man in what police say is a standalone terrorist actA woman has stabbed a man in his sleep in an alleged Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in Melbourne’s
Unnatural Deaths: the emotional power of forensic photographs – video

Unnatural Deaths: the emotional power of forensic photographs – video

The writer Kate Rossmanith looks at the surprising ways in which bereaved relatives view the forensic images associated with the sudden death of loved ones. Unnatural Deaths, the second in our Present
Victoria Police integrity boss ‘embarrassed’ by Facebook actions

Victoria Police integrity boss ‘embarrassed’ by Facebook actions

Brett Guerin told to take leave after posting comments about police officials under the fake profile ‘Vernon Demerest’The head of the Victoria Police integrity unit has been ordered to take leave
Queensland police say they used 'minimum force' to restrain Indigenous man who died

Queensland police say they used 'minimum force' to restrain Indigenous man who died

Police tell inquest they handcuffed Shaun Coolwell because they were ‘fearful that he may injure himself further’Queensland police used the “minimum force necessary” when they restrained an Indigenous
Victoria police caught on CCTV beating Melbourne pensioner

Victoria police caught on CCTV beating Melbourne pensioner

Assistant commissioner says he ‘doesn’t know’ if the incident would have been investigated without the video footageThe assistant commissioner of Victoria police, Luke Cornelius, said he was unsure if
Police take man who climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge into custody

Police take man who climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge into custody

Operation to talk man down ends just before 10am, following major disruption to peak-hour traffic A man who climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, bringing traffic to a standstill, has been brought down
Brisbane woman dies in police custody hours after being arrested

Brisbane woman dies in police custody hours after being arrested

Forty-four-year-old found dead in cell at Ipswich watch house early on Saturday morning • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon A Brisbane woman has died in police custody
Queensland to pay Palm Islanders $30m over police response to 2004 riots

Queensland to pay Palm Islanders $30m over police response to 2004 riots

Government has also agreed to issue apology as part of settlement to ‘provide some measure of closure’Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The Queensland government has
Margaret River shooting: mother and her four children among victims

Margaret River shooting: mother and her four children among victims

‘This is going to rock our whole community,’ says shire president of the loss of seven livesA mother and her four children are among the victims of a horrific shooting on a rural property near the
Margaret River mass shooting: three guns at scene belonged to children's grandfather

Margaret River mass shooting: three guns at scene belonged to children's grandfather

Police confirm they are not looking for a suspect and are treating the shootings as a murder suicideThree guns found at the scene of Australia’s worst gun crime since the Port Arthur massacre belonged
Police 'very suspicious' after mummified body found in Sydney home

Police 'very suspicious' after mummified body found in Sydney home

Dead homeowner, who was a hoarder, can’t be ruled out as a suspect, homicide officers sayHomicide police in Sydney say the discovery of a mummified body under a pile of debris in the living room of a
'Where am I?': NSW father accused of stabbing five-year-old son faces court

'Where am I?': NSW father accused of stabbing five-year-old son faces court

Man appears via video link from correctional centre a day after his son died in hospitalA Sydney father accused of stabbing his five-year-old son to death asked “where am I” during his first court
Sydney police officer sentenced over sex video shared on Snapchat

Sydney police officer sentenced over sex video shared on Snapchat

Timothy Michael Patterson secretly filmed himself having sex with a colleague and shared it with other officersA Sydney police officer has been handed a nine-month prison sentence after he secretly
Man remains holed up in Sunshine Coast unit after body found in barrel

Man remains holed up in Sunshine Coast unit after body found in barrel

Public told to avoid the area following search for Zlatko Sikorsky over disappearance of Larissa BeilbyA tense standoff between police and a man wanted for questioning following the discovery of a
Harrowing video footage shows death in custody of Aboriginal man

Harrowing video footage shows death in custody of Aboriginal man

David Dungay died after telling five Australian police officers that he could not breathe while being restrainedShocking video footage of the death in custody of an Indigenous Australian man has been
Melbourne hit-and-run: Dutch woman identified as victim as suspect still at large

Melbourne hit-and-run: Dutch woman identified as victim as suspect still at large

Victoria police say woman, 27, died after stolen white Mercedes knocked her into path of another car in South YarraA Dutch woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal hit-and-run involving a