Modern Australian

COVID has changed policing — but now policing needs to change to respond better to COVID

  • Written by Vicki Sentas, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Law, UNSW

With rolling lockdowns now part of how Australians live in the pandemic age, important questions arise about corresponding changes in policing. Constantly changing public health orders bring not only confusion but expansive police authority to enforce many new criminal offences.

On one view, using the police to protect public health by stopping...

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