A Declared Public Precinct is a strictly defined area that has been proclaimed to give certain powers to police to maintain public safety and order in that area.
The area to be a Declared Public Precinct is contained within the boundaries of:
The stated geographical area has been described as ‘City West’ for ease of reference.
SA Police has identified a heightened risk to public safety and order during the hours of 6.00 pm and 6.00 am each Friday and Saturday. The City West Declared Public Precinct will therefore be operational from:
The Declared Public Precinct will commence from 6.00 pm on Friday, 1 July 2022 until declared otherwise or until 6.00 am on Sunday, 25 June 2023, whichever occurs sooner.
What does this mean?
To maintain public safety and order, SA Police are able to do the following in the Declared Public Precinct:
These powers give police the ability to issue expiation notices for offences within the geographic area or to issue barring orders covering the precinct. These are similar to, but in addition to, licensed premises barring orders.
If you are subject to any of the above, you are legally required to comply with the officer’s direction.
What are the maximum penalties involved?
A person who is barred, but enters or remains, in the Declared Public Precinct is guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of $2500.
A person who is ordered to leave, but remains, re-enters, or attempts to re-enter, the Declared Public Precinct is guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of $1250.
A person can also be issued with a $310 expiation notice (Expiation fee $250 + $60 Victim of Crime Levy) for behaving in an offensive or disorderly manner within the Declared Public Precinct.
A person who carries an offensive weapon or dangerous article within the Declared Public Precinct is guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 or imprisonment for two years.
Why was this introduced?
The changes to the Summary Offences Act 1953 were enacted to maintain public safety and order in a defined area for which there is a reasonable likelihood of conduct in the area posing a risk to public safety and order and that the area is reasonable having regard to the identified risk.
A ‘declared public precinct’ determination for the ‘City West’ area will significantly enhance the ability of SA Police to appropriately manage conduct that poses a risk to public safety and order for members of the community using this area.