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ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

Tasers – alternative to death by cop

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I was in the Assembly, as a minister for these sorts of things, I wanted to do a trial to see if TASERs were an effective alternative to firearms.
The Liberal Opposition was vehemently opposed to the whole idea saying that the TASERs would kill more people from heart attacks than the conventional weapons carried [...]

Police seek witnesses from city brawl

By 30 September 2014
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21.
About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been thrown.
On [...]

Witnesses sought to suspicious fires

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to six separate fires which occurred last night and early this morning (Tuesday, September 30).
Overnight, police were notified of a number of trees and wheelie bins on fire in Richardson, Calwell and Theodore.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires.
A midnight purple coloured Holden Commodore sedan was observed in [...]

Drink driver caught after collision with fence

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has charged a 28-year-old Charnwood man with drink driving and reckless driving offences after a collision in Macgregor on Saturday morning (September 27).
About 4.50am, Belconnen Patrol members attended a residence in Marcus Faunce Street, Macgregor, following a report of a male trespassing at that property. On arrival, police saw a white Toyota Camry [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said with large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Man to be charged; use carrier service to harass/offend

By 23 September 2014

A 22-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (23 September) regarding a series of offences involving stalking and the use of a carrier service to harass and offend.
Through investigating this incident, ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT) has become aware that there may be further unknown victims deceived through [...]

Elderly man attacked in Pearce

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating an attack on an elderly man in Pearce last night (22 September).
About 10.30pm, an 82-year-old man heard noises outside his home on Pethebridge Street, Pearce and went to investigate.
An altercation took place with a 21-year old man and as a result, the elderly man sustained serious head and facial injuries and [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Belconnen

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision off Kirinari Street, Belconnen today (Saturday, 20 September).
About 10am this morning, security at the University of Canberra discovered a car that had crashed into a building on campus. It appears the collision occurred sometime overnight.
A young man believed to be in his 20′s was the single occupant [...]

Man charged after disturbance at Majura

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing arrested a man after causing a disturbance at Brindabella Business Park yesterday afternoon (Friday, 19 September).
About 2.55pm, a 43-year-old Farrer man was driving a red coloured Nissan Navarra northbound along Brindabella Circuit when he proceeded through a roundabout adjacent to the car park of a building in Brindabella Park.
The man lost control of [...]

Police respond to mental health incident

By 19 September 2014

ACT Policing has responded to an incident that occurred at Brindabella Park this afternoon (Friday, 19 September 2014).
Around 3pm this afternoon, ACT Policing responded to a report that a man, armed with an axe and molotov cocktail had driven his vehicle into bollards at a building at Brindabella Park.
The man was arrested at the [...]

Police seize six cannabis plants in Stirling

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized six cannabis plants following the execution of a warrant on a home in Stirling today (Friday September 19).
About 9.10am, police executed a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant on the home and located a hydroponic setup and six cannabis plants worth an estimated $30,000.
The plants were seized along with the [...]

Phone imagery leads to blackmail charge

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will summons a 22-year-old Fadden man to Court next month on blackmail charges after it was alleged he threatened to disseminate explicit images of a woman unless he received sexual favours.
The 18-year-old victim uploaded images of herself to a private online dating site and allowed the alleged offender to view them.
After viewing the [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Complaint against officer substantiated, investigation complete

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

AFP Professional Standards (PRS) has completed an investigation into a complaint that an ACT Policing officer deployed Oleoresin Spray (OC) towards a tethered dog in a backyard during the course of a search warrant in May this year.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers said that the complaint was the subject of an extensive [...]

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Drink-driver caught over the limit again

By 13 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 42-year-old Lyons man has been caught drink-driving for the seventh time.
Around 1.20am this morning (Saturday, 13 September), the man was observed almost colliding with a parked vehicle in Tuggeranong.
Members from Tuggeranong patrol attended and the driver underwent a roadside breath screening test, which returned a positive result.
The driver was conveyed to the Tuggeranong Police [...]

Police call for assistance to identify witnesses in Civic assault

By 11 September 2014
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ACT Policing has located new CCTV vision from an incident which occurred in East Row, Civic, on Saturday morning, July 26.
Police were called to East Row around 6am after receiving a report of an assault.
The new vision shows a group of seven males who may be able to assist police with their investigation. This group [...]

Man charged with acts endangering life

By 11 September 2014

A 40-year-old Giralang man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning after being charged with acts endangering life after an incident in Weston yesterday (Wednesday, 10 September) afternoon.
Around 4:15pm, police responded to reports that a man had entered a restaurant and emptied a tin of fuel onto the floor and furniture and made threats [...]

Suspicious fire investigation underway

By 11 September 2014
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Investigations are underway after ACT Policing attended a unit fire in Reid overnight.
ACT Fire and Rescue and police arrived at the Kogarah Lane unit around 9:30pm last night (Wednesday, 10 September) and found a large amount of smoke emanating from the unit.
Following an analysis of the scene once the fire had been extinguished, police and [...]

Pedestrian dies after collision in Griffith

By 10 September 2014
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ACT Policing is investigating an incident in Griffith this afternoon (Wednesday, September 10) in which a female pedestrian was struck by a bus.
Attempts were made to revive the woman but she died at the scene.
The incident occurred around 3.55pm today at the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Captain Cook Crescent.
Police attended and immediately began to [...]

Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up

By 10 September 2014

It looks like something reasonably serious has happened at Cooleman Court today, out the front of Kusina restaurant.
As I was leaving the carpark there, I saw multiple police vehicles with their lights on, haphazardly pulled up in front of the restaurant and police were taking statements from people (who I thought looked quite shocked).
In another [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

Witnesses sought after woman struck by car in Monash

By 10 September 2014
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ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) is calling for witnesses to a collision in Monash on Friday afternoon (September 5) in which a 20-year-old woman was struck and critically injured by a vehicle on William Hudson Crescent.
Around 4.30pm on Friday, the victim had been returning to her vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, which was [...]

Pond death under investigation

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations detectives are seeking the assistance of witnesses who could help in determining how a young Korean national was found deceased in a pond near his Belconnen residence on Tuesday morning (September 2).
The 22-year-old Korean man was last seen when he was dropped off by a friend outside his apartment complex in [...]

Man arrested for sexual assault after using fake online profile

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 22-year-old Belconnen man has been arrested after creating a fictitious social media profile of a young woman to commit a sexual assault against another man.
The alleged offender used a fictitious Facebook profile to communicate with the 18-year-old victim over a period of time. As part of this communication, the man sent the [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

1733 drivers caught speeding during July and August

By 5 September 2014

ACT Policing caught 1733 drivers speeding throughout July and August as part of its joint campaign with the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate asking Canberrans to Stop Pushing the Limits.
Of the 1733 drivers caught speeding over the eight-week period, 1174 were issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) and 559 drivers were issued with [...]

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