From January 2022, NSW Police will ask all victims of crime, persons of interest, persons in custody, and people where police powers are used, whether they identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Asking allows us to improve safe custody practices, refer vulnerable people to support services and divert them from the criminal justice system.
What am I being asked?
It is important for us to ask and know whether you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, so we can work together to build safer communities and reduce over-representation in the criminal justice system.
We ask these questions of everyone, regardless of appearance, country of birth, or whether you are known to us.
If we forget to ask, please tell us if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
We respect that people have the right to refuse to answer. We will encourage you to answer, but you do not have to.
What if I answer 'Yes'?
Telling us that you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander helps us connect you to a range of services, people and programs that can offer support.
It is your choice to accept or decline any services offered to you.
What about my privacy?
All information collected by the NSW Police Force is subject to privacy laws to ensure that your information is protected and used appropriately.