The detective sergeant was named in police paperwork in relation to the search of the teen, who claimed he put his hands in his underwear, but the officer said that “definitely” didn’t happen.
In testy exchanges at a police watchdog hearing into strip-searches at the Lost City Festival in February the policeman insisted his actions were justified in searching up to four teenagers without an appropriate adult present.
The officer, who cannot be named, said he was convinced of the urgency of the situation, telling of his concern the teens had been involved in a drug deal and might destroy evidence by swallowing drugs.
“Time was of the essence,” he said.
“None, sir,” the officer of 26 years told the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission chief commissioner Michael Adams QC.