Extra police powers for child protection in Orange extended

Extra police powers for child protection in Orange extended

A law giving police extra powers when dealing with children has been extended in Orange.

The Children Protection and Parental Responsibility Act has been extended until June 2019 by New South Wales Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton, upon request from Orange City Council.

The legislation gives police the ability to remove a person under the age of 16, who is without adult supervision, from a situation officers believe puts the child at risk of either physical harm or committing a crime.

There are no penalties attached to the legislation, and in the last year to June police used the protection law 49 times.

Canobolas Local Area Command Superintendent Shane Cribb this is 49 children police have protected from being hurt, committing a crime, or becoming the victim of a crime.

“We’ve still got other legislation we can utilise to remove a child who’s not safe, but this is more direct because you take them physically home and leave them with a responsible adult,” he told the Central Western Daily.

Orange is the last area is NSW to use the legislation.

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