An inquiry into the strip-searching of a 16-year-old girl at a NSW music festival is set to continue on the heels of a police officer admitting there was no reason to justify the procedure.
The state's Law Enforcement Conduct Commission is looking into a complaint that the teenager was searched after a false positive detection by a sniffer dog at the entrance to the festival.
The inquiry has heard the teenager was left feeling humiliated after the search during which she said she had to get naked and "could not stop crying".
The senior constable, identified only as BR3, on Tuesday admitted they made an error in the official paperwork, which he "rushed" after the search at the Splendour in the Grass music festival north of Byron Bay in July 2018.
The officer also admitted there was no sense of urgency or seriousness to justify the procedure.
The commission has been told NSW Police did not contact the 16-year-old's parents or another responsible adult before the search despite being legally obliged to do so.
The inquiry also heard that revellers at Splendour in the Grass were strip-searched in tents that did not fully close in conditions described by a police officer as "not ideal".
The public hearing is expected to run for three days.
Australian Associated Press