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Belconnen beats

By johnboy - 11 December 2012 20

Belconnen Police Station will again establish a dedicated six-person Beats patrol team over the Christmas and New Year period as part of a proactive initiative to deal with anti-social and criminal behaviour.

The initiative will run from December 10 to January 25, which will see the Beats team patrol areas such as local shopping centres, car parks and bus interchanges throughout Belconnen over the Christmas and New Year period, with its main focus on the busy Belconnen Town Centre and Westfield shopping centre.

The aim is to provide a high level of police visibility within Belconnen’s busiest retail areas over the festive season.

Last year the Belconnen-based Beats team was a resounding success with over 180 incidents attended. As a result of these incidents there were 11 arrests, nine summons issued, five search warrants executed, and one First Instance Warrant executed.

Belconnen Operations Support Sergeant Paul Hutcheson said that high visibility police patrolling of the retail areas was a proven deterrent to opportunistic criminal behavior and put police patrols in among the shoppers when activity was at its greatest.

“Over the lead-up to the Christmas-New Year and beyond that, much of our response work is around Belconnen’s large retail zones and the Emu Bank area anyway so it makes good sense to have the crews out there, actively patrolling and creating that visible police presence,” Sergeant Hutcheson said.

Anyone who sees anti-social behaviour or crimes in Belconnen and requires police attendance is urged to call ACT Policing on 131-444. If it’s a potential life-threatening emergency, then dial Triple Zero.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Belconnen beats
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p1 1:47 pm
11 Dec 12
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They are clearly using the word Beats with special emphasis. Is this a hip hop reference? Are they cracking down on gay hangouts? Is it a nod to their police heritage?

My guess is a combination of the three.

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Holden Caulfield 2:19 pm
11 Dec 12
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Back with another one of those block rockin’ Beats?

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buzz819 2:23 pm
11 Dec 12
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p1 said :

They are clearly using the word Beats with special emphasis. Is this a hip hop reference? Are they cracking down on gay hangouts? Is it a nod to their police heritage?

My guess is a combination of the three.

I think you will find it is because they are on foot… Walking the beat.

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arescarti42 2:32 pm
11 Dec 12
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p1 said :

They are clearly using the word Beats with special emphasis. Is this a hip hop reference? Are they cracking down on gay hangouts? Is it a nod to their police heritage?

My guess is a combination of the three.

I think it is a subtle hint at what they intend to do to people they find are not behaving themselves.

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p1 2:45 pm
11 Dec 12
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buzz819 said :

p1 said :

They are clearly using the word Beats with special emphasis. Is this a hip hop reference? Are they cracking down on gay hangouts? Is it a nod to their police heritage?

My guess is a combination of the three.

I think you will find it is because they are on foot… Walking the beat.

So, a special team of six officers to do… exactly what all police do? Or is it a tacit admission that police no longer usually patrol the community with any regularity – this kind of thing is only for special occasions?

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astrojax 2:57 pm
11 Dec 12
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NellyBean 3:18 pm
11 Dec 12
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p1 said :

buzz819 said :

p1 said :

They are clearly using the word Beats with special emphasis. Is this a hip hop reference? Are they cracking down on gay hangouts? Is it a nod to their police heritage?

My guess is a combination of the three.

I think you will find it is because they are on foot… Walking the beat.

So, a special team of six officers to do… exactly what all police do? Or is it a tacit admission that police no longer usually patrol the community with any regularity – this kind of thing is only for special occasions?

imagine the tax payer backlash if 6 police officers always hung out at Westfield.

Donut King would probably appreciate it.

what with that explosion last year and the quick response of the Beat team then.

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Deref 4:08 pm
11 Dec 12
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Great idea. So why only over xmas?

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New Yeah 4:33 pm
11 Dec 12
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Holden Caulfield said :

Back with another one of those block rockin’ Beats?

I’m sure if a 6-man police hip hop crew started breaking, rhyming and DJing at local shopping centres, car parks and bus interchanges over Xmas crime rates would plummet. Imagine Constable Kenny rocking the mic!

Sucka MCs be warned… there is no place for you in Belcompton.

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buzz819 5:33 pm
11 Dec 12
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Deref said :

Great idea. So why only over xmas?

I’m guessing spending about $600,000 a year just to patrol Belconnen Mall is probably not good bang for buck I am guessing.

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Ko. 5:44 pm
11 Dec 12
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Won’t someone think of the mall cops?

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cranky 7:00 pm
11 Dec 12
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Ahh, the joys of living in a crime & bogan free Woden :-)

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LSWCHP 7:42 pm
11 Dec 12
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arescarti42 said :

p1 said :

They are clearly using the word Beats with special emphasis. Is this a hip hop reference? Are they cracking down on gay hangouts? Is it a nod to their police heritage?

My guess is a combination of the three.

I think it is a subtle hint at what they intend to do to people they find are not behaving themselves.

In that case, I wish it was called the shoot patrol squad. And I also wish they’d then catch the arsehats who vandalised my car and let the tyres down and shoot ’em.

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Mike Bessenger 7:52 pm
11 Dec 12
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buzz819 said :

Deref said :

Great idea. So why only over xmas?

I’m guessing spending about $600,000 a year just to patrol Belconnen Mall is probably not good bang for buck I am guessing.

Just over half that. Yes, those that protect us are under paid.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:38 am
12 Dec 12
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Mike Bessenger said :

buzz819 said :

Deref said :

Great idea. So why only over xmas?

I’m guessing spending about $600,000 a year just to patrol Belconnen Mall is probably not good bang for buck I am guessing.

Just over half that. Yes, those that protect us are under paid.

Insurances and kit etc etc would probably make up the other 300.

But yes they are underpaid.

However, it should not matter how much it costs, there should always be, *beat cops*, or whatever you want to call them out on patrol. Physical appearance would do a lot to deter crimes. As it is I pretty much only see them at shopping centres getting lunch.

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