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Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 - SECT 604

604 Dealing with persons affected by potentially harmful things 604 Dealing with persons affected by potentially harmful things
(1) This section applies to a person at a declared locality if, because of the way the person is behaving and other relevant indicators, a police officer is satisfied the person is affected by the ingestion or inhalation of a potentially harmful thing.
* Example of a relevant indicator—
* the presence of spray paint cans near the person
(2) However, this section applies to the person only if it is appropriate for the person to be taken to a place, other than a police establishment or police station, and the police officer considers the place is a place at which the person can receive the treatment or care necessary to enable the person to recover safely from the effects of the potentially harmful thing (a place of safety).
Examples of a place of safety—
* A hospital may be a place of safety for a person who needs medical attention.
* A vehicle used to transport persons to a place of safety and under the control of someone other than a police officer may be a place of safety.
* The person's home, or the home of a relative or friend, may be a place of safety if there is no likelihood of domestic violence or associated domestic violence happening at the place because of the person's condition or the person is not subject to a domestic violence order preventing the person from entering or remaining at the place.
(3) It is lawful for the police officer to detain the person for the purpose of taking the person to a place of safety.
(4) In this section—
declared locality means a locality declared under a regulation for this section.


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