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CONTROL OF WEAPONS ACT 1990 - SECT 10D

Planned designation of search area

    (1)     The Chief Commissioner may declare an area to be a designated area if the Chief Commissioner is satisfied that—

        (a)     either—

              (i)     more than one incident of violence or disorder has occurred in that area in the previous 12 months that involved the use of weapons; or

              (ii)     an event is to be held in that area and incidents of violence or disorder involving the use of weapons have occurred at previous occasions of that event (wherever occurring); and

        (b)     there is a likelihood that the violence or disorder will recur.

S. 10D(1A) inserted by No. 42/2010 s. 12(1).

    (1A)     For the avoidance of doubt, the Chief Commissioner may determine under subsection (1) that there is a likelihood that violence or disorder involving the use of weapons will recur even if that likelihood is less than more likely than not.

S. 10D(2) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 28.8).

    (2)     The area designated must not be larger than is reasonably necessary to enable police officers to effectively respond to the threat of violence or disorder.

S. 10D(3) amended by No. 42/2010 s. 12(2).

    (3)     The period of operation of a declaration under this section (other than a declaration in relation to an event)—

S. 10D(3)(a) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 28.8).

        (a)     must be not longer than is reasonably necessary to enable police officers to effectively respond to the threat of violence or disorder; and

        (b)     must not exceed 12 hours.

S. 10D(3A) inserted by No. 42/2010 s. 12(3).

    (3A)     A declaration under this section in relation to an event may operate for more than one period.

S. 10D(3B) inserted by No. 42/2010 s. 12(3).

    (3B)     Each period of operation of a declaration under this section in relation to an event must be during that event.

Example

If an event takes place from 10 a.m. to midnight on 2 consecutive days, a declaration made in relation to that event must not operate—

        (a)     before 10 a.m. on the first day; or

        (b)     between midnight and 10 a.m. on the second day; or

        (c)     after midnight on the second day.

    (4)     The Chief Commissioner must publish a notice of the declaration of an area under this section in—

        (a)     the Government Gazette; and

        (b)     in a daily newspaper circulating generally in Victoria; and

        (c)     if the declared area is outside the metropolitan area, in a daily newspaper circulating generally within that area, if such a newspaper exists.

    (5)     The notice must—

        (a)     describe the designated area; and

S. 10D(5)(b) repealed by No. 20/2015 s. 10(1).

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S. 10D(5)(c) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 28.8).

        (c)     specify the powers that police officers are authorised to exercise in the designated area while the declaration is in force; and

S. 10D(5)(d) amended by No. 42/2010 s. 12(4).

        (d)     specify the period or periods of operation of the declaration; and

S. 10D(5)(e) inserted by No. 42/2010 s. 12(5).

        (e)     if the declaration was made in relation to an event, specify that event.

S. 10D(5A) inserted by No. 20/2015 s. 10(2).

    (5A)     In addition to subsection (5)—

        (a)     the notice, as published in the Government Gazette, must include a map of the designated area; and

        (b)     the notice, as published in a newspaper, must include a map of the designated area or the address of a Government Internet website at which a map of the designated area is published.

S. 10D(6) amended by No. 42/2010 s. 12(6), substituted by No. 12/2012 s. 5.

    (6)     A declaration under this section has effect, after the date of publication of the notice in the Government Gazette, for the period or periods specified in the notice.

S. 10D(7) repealed by No. 42/2010 s. 12(7).

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S. 10D(8) amended by No. 42/2010 s. 12(8).

    (8)     If a declaration (the earlier declaration ) is made under this section in respect of an area, a further declaration under this section cannot take effect in respect of that area until after the end of the period of 10 days after the end of the period, or the last of the periods, of operation of the earlier declaration.

S. 10D(9) amended by No. 42/2010 s. 12(9).

    (9)     Nothing in subsection (8) prevents a declaration being made under section 10E in respect of that area during the 10‑day period referred to in that subsection.

    (10)     In this section, "metropolitan area" means the area or areas specified by the Governor in Council for the purposes of this section by Order published in the Government Gazette.

S. 10E inserted by No. 92/2009 s. 12.



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