What is a Protective Security Zone?
Protective security zones, or PSZs, are areas where police are able to apply additional powers aimed at keeping the community safe.
The community should be aware that when entering or inside a PSZ, police have the ability to quickly and efficiently search people, vehicles and places as needed in an effort to keep the public safe (Chapter 19A, Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000). There are no restrictions to entering, being in or leaving a PSZ.
Specifically, in these PSZs, police officers will be able to:
- conduct a frisk search of persons without warrant;
- stop, search and detain vehicles entering or in the zone without warrant;
- enter and search premises including land associated with premises without warrant, but cannot enter residential premises unless with the occupier's consent or with reasonable suspicion;
- give a general direction to persons (individually or in a group) in a public place for the safety and security of persons including giving a direction to move to another location or leave the zone; and
- use firearms and explosives detection dogs to search public places, premises that are not residences and yards of private places.
These additional powers only apply in the PSZs, and will lapse one week after the Games conclude.
How will you know if you're in a PSZ?
PSZs cover land and water. They include public transport infrastructure and part of the public transport network associated with, or used to transport members of the public to or from the Commonwealth Games.
Maps for each of the PSZs and their activation dates are available below (click on the PSZ name to view the map). This information is drawn from Schedule 1A
and Schedule 1B
of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Regulation 2012 and is reproduced here pursuant to s.20G
of the Regulation.