by Anics  07/11/2018  158 Page Views
3 Comments  Discuss legal issues that are of a general nature

I'm interested in knowing if police arrest logs at a (any) police station in Australia or more specifically Queensland are public information and if any citizen is able to simply ask their local police station for the log book to view it?

To be more specific in what I'm asking, I'm from California and the government code 6254 which can be found here.

Says this:

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subdivision, state and local law enforcement agencies shall make public the following information, except to the extent that disclosure of a particular item of information would endanger the safety of a person involved in an investigation or would endanger the successful completion of the investigation or a related investigation:      

(1) The full name and occupation of every individual arrested by the agency, the individual’s physical description including date of birth, color of eyes and hair, sex, height and weight, the time and date of arrest, the time and date of booking, the location of the arrest, the factual circumstances surrounding the arrest, the amount of bail set, the time and manner of release or the location where the individual is currently being held, and all charges the individual is being held upon, including any outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions and parole or probation holds.

And this allows me, as a citizen, to simply go to my local police station or Sheriffs Department and ask to see the usually, weekly arrest log which ranges from 1-3 weeks worth of arrests made by that specific police agency.

Does Australia have any similar law regarding public access to information of this type or are there privacy laws that prevent this? If so, which specific laws allow or prevent this?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards.Anics2018-11-07 21:32:02