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ACT Police want more Tasers

By 8 October 2010

The Australian Federal Police Association has sent out a circular calling for more Tasers while the rest of Australia is wondering if they’re such a good idea.
Dear XXXXX ,
As some members may be aware, during the recent federal election campaign the AFPA lobbied for the funding of Tasers (or similar devices) for general-duty officers [...]

Police Wrap – 8 October 2010

By 8 October 2010

1. CCTV Success:
An 18-year-old Gilmore man and a 17-year-old youth were identified via CCTV vision and arrested by the City Beats team in relation to an assault in the city in early hours of this morning Friday, October 8, 2010.
The two victims, a male and a female, were on City Walk around 3.10am today [...]

Slow down on compensation reform say the Greens

By 7 October 2010

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury, is calling on the ACT Government to expand the consultation on their compensation reform package:
Following today’s announcement of a ten working day consultation period for two important reform bills, the ACT Greens have urged the Government to follow proper process and give all stakeholders the time they [...]

Police Wrap – 7 October 2010

By 7 October 2010

1. Rapid Results:
A total of 469 unregistered and/or uninsured vehicles were detected on Canberra’s roads during the first three months of operation by ACT Policing’s specialist RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) team.
Since officially beginning operations on July 1, the high-visibility three-car RAPID team also detected 147 unlicensed drivers, 69 suspended drivers and 22 [...]

Wanna be a Supreme Court Judge?

By 7 October 2010

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced he’s in the market for a new full time Supreme Court Judge as Justice Gray faces retirement next year when he turns 70.
The selection process must be based on a consideration of possible candidates by the Attorney General having regard to the selection criteria stated in the Determination. The selection [...]

A murder conviction looms as Scott Macdougal admits killings

By 6 October 2010

The ABC reports that the accused in the Downer Murders Scott Alexander McDougall has admitted he killed Struan Bolas, 48, and Julie Franco (aka Julie Tattersall), 35.
He has also admitted to committing the acts that caused their deaths with a wooden handled meat cleaver found inside the home.
He took the clothes he was wearing [...]

Liam Taylor guilty of an act of indecency against a child.

By 6 October 2010

We note the verdict of Chief Justice Higgins that Liam Taylor is guilty of “an act of indecency upon a person aged under 10 years”
That is all.

Police Wrap – 6 October 2010

By 6 October 2010

1. Fatal free long weekend:
Canberra’s roads were fatality-free over the long weekend but ACT Policing apprehended 11 drink-drivers during the double-demerit Labour Day holiday period.
A total of 94 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINS) were issued over the same period, of which 31 were for speeding offences and 4 for failing to wear a seatbelt (one [...]

Katy moves to cap CTP payouts

By 6 October 2010

[First filed: Oct 5, 2010 @ 10:24]
Spare a thought for Canberra’s plaintiff lawyers and the restaurants which depend on them.
The Canberra Times reports that the increasingly Chiefly Katy Gallagher is planning to cap compulsory third-party motor insurance scheme payouts after discovering most of the money is spent on the lawyers.
Legislation which would mandate pay-outs based [...]

Police Wrap – 5 October 2010

By 5 October 2010

1. He’s doing it the wrong way around:
ACT Policing has arrested a 30-year-old Florey man after he allegedly drove into a bus shelter and then engaged in a short pursuit with police in McKellar today (October 4).
Around 5.10pm police were called to Moynihan Street following reports of the damage to the bus shelter. The alleged [...]

Australian Federal Police officer escapes traffic fine – “traffic was light”

By 5 October 2010

[ED - This is a follow up to the story a month ago about how senior police deal with speeding fines in Canberra. The Herald Sun has done an amazing job pursuing the story]
A SENIOR Australian Federal Police officer allegedly caught travelling at more than 40km/h over the speed limit escaped a fine after a [...]

Police Wrap – 4 October 2010

By 4 October 2010

1. Coming off the road was a bit of a tell:
ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man following a single vehicle collision on the Gungahlin Drive Extension (GDE) in Bruce yesterday (October 3) during which a 29-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries.
The incident allegedly occurred around 8.49pm when the vehicle was negotiating a long [...]

ACT laws & legislation.

By 4 October 2010

Just wondering if there is a specific website that has all of ACT’s laws and legislations – or if not,  can anyone point me in the right direction?
(yes I am aware of google, just hoping for something more specific beacause I can’t ever seem to come across it.)

Police Wrap – 2 October 2010

By 2 October 2010

1. P-Platers to blame again?
ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire which occurred at the Giralang shops yesterday (October 1).
About 5.14pm ACT Fire Brigade and police were called to a report of a fire at the shops on Canopus Crescent. The fire was located in a basement level office. The fire was extinguished and deemed [...]

Police Wrap – 1 October 2010

By 1 October 2010

1. But what if I am that special?
A two month targeted campaign conducted by ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations resulted in 673 infringement notices issued to drivers for using hand-held mobile phones while driving, twice as many for the same period last year.
The campaign, which ran throughout August and September, was part of a whole-of-government approach [...]

Police Wrap – 30 September 2010

By 30 September 2010

1. Pursuit into Page:
ACT Policing has arrested two male youths aged 17 and 15, both residing in the northern suburbs of Canberra, today (September 29) following a short pursuit in Belconnen.
Around 2.20pm Criminal Investigations’ Crime Targeting Team officers observed a blue-coloured Toyota Celica turn from Lathlain Street onto Benjamin Way in Belconnen. Suspicious of the [...]

Police Wrap – 29 September 2010

By 29 September 2010

1. Unlucky for scum:
An alert off-duty AFP member who identified suspicious behaviour in a street in Ngunnawal yesterday morning (Tuesday, September 28) aided ACT Policing in recovering property before it had been reported stolen, with further enquiries leading to two subsequent arrests.
The AFP member contacted Police Operations around 11.25am yesterday to report seeing two suspicious [...]

Police Wrap – 28 September 2010

By 28 September 2010

1. Dark Deeds in McKellar:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a home invasion that occurred in Dumas Street, McKellar early this morning (Tuesday September 28).
About 5.30am up to four males have forced entry into the residence and assaulted the middle-aged-couple. The offenders were armed with a firearm and a possible taser.
The 53-year-old female victim was [...]

The observatory cooks off

By 28 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:14]

The dereliction of the beautiful observatory buildings in the old Downer Club has long been a tragedy. This morning it burned as recorded in these postings from the ESA:
5:33am Monday 27 September 2010 – Fire in Dickson The ACT Fire Brigade is responding to a fire inside an old [...]

Police Wrap – 27 September 2010

By 27 September 2010

1. Do you think they’d been to bed?
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery in Lyons in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday September 26).
About 5.10am two male offenders, armed with a knife and a large wrench, entered the Lyons Newsagency and demanded cash. The staff member was unable to access [...]

In Queanbeyan you can get done for murder

By 25 September 2010

The Canberra Times informs us that Benjamin Wayne Holcroft will spend the next 17 years in prison having been found guilty of the murder of Danny Ralph.
This concludes the saga of the Beaudeans immortalised in verse by our own PBO:
Beaudean, beaudean, beaudean, beaudean
Im begging of you please don’t drown that man
Beaudean, beaudean, beaudean, beaudean
Please don’t [...]

Police Wrap – 25 September 2010

By 25 September 2010

1. They messed with the wrong home owner:
ACT Policing has arrested three young males and one young female for three aggravated burglaries in Page yesterday (Thursday September 23).
Around 10.00am a resident of Birelle Street in Page contacted police after seeing the four youths acting suspiciously in the rear yard of her neighbour’s property. A detailed [...]

Police Wrap – 24 September 2010

By 24 September 2010

1. A bad start:
ACT Policing has arrested a 20-year-old man from Dunlop on his second drink-driving charge within the last 12 months.
Around 11pm last night (Thursday September 23) police were on mobile patrol on Southern Cross Drive in Florey when they saw a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction at excessive speed.
Police stopped the vehicle [...]

Still no bail for Sharon Stott

By 24 September 2010

Back in May last year there was considerable excitment surrounding alleged kidnap and torture in Kambah which required the black pyjama brigade to rescue the victim.
The ABC identified Sharon Ann Stott as one of the alleged offenders. She was bailed later in the month.
She was then arrested in June on three counts of alleged ice [...]

Building delayed – want to cancel contract?

By 24 September 2010

Long story short, We are FHOB and we’re currently building a house in the Gungahlin area, the building started in Feb, however only the brick is up and the roof is still pending. The building contract said max 30 weeks to complete a single level house, which will be this November 2010. At this stage [...]

Previous recruits disappointing to Chief Police Officer

By 24 September 2010

The Canberra Times brings the intriguing news that ACT Policing is abandoning the AFP’s national recruitment process, due to dissatisfaction with the results to date:
ACT Policing will for the first time source its own recruits in a bid to overcome a high staff turnover and attract Canberra-raised cops.
Chief Police Officer Roman Quaedvlieg said yesterday he [...]

Busted doing 195

By 23 September 2010

NSW Police inform us that they’ve caught an Illawarra boy 115kmph over his L-plated limit on the Federal Highway near Sutton:
About 5.35am today officers attached to the Monaro Highway Patrol were conducting patrols along the Federal Highway near Sutton when they saw a north bound red Hyosung motorcycle allegedly travelling at high speed.
A lidar check [...]

Rappelling in Woden?

By 23 September 2010

The boys in blue are having fun in Woden today.
P1 snapped this shot of the side of the Albemarle Building (Health) in Woden.

Police Wrap – 23 September 2010

By 23 September 2010

1. Reaching agreement:
ACT Policing and ACT Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the Territory’s health authority will provide forensic and other medically-related services to the police.
The three-year agreement, worth $942,800 annually, will provide for a range of services including medical call-outs to the ACT Watch House, attendance at death scenes, examination [...]

Jumping at shadows?

By 22 September 2010

The ABC reports that most of Watson was locked down last night because a guy might have had a gun, but didn’t.
Officers blocked off most of the main streets into Watson for about an hour, diverting traffic and doorknocking homes.
They found the man did not have a gun.
He was arrested and charged with breach of [...]

Police Wrap – 22 September 2010

By 22 September 2010

1. Bad Gran:
ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 67-year-old female for spitting on two police officers earlier today (Tuesday September 21).
Around 11am police were called to Akuna Street to check the welfare of the female. The female was verbally abusive towards police and staff at the YHA Youth Hostel and became highly aggressive, refusing [...]

Renting in Canberra – nothing but trouble?

By 21 September 2010

There’s been plenty of previous discussion on RA around issues for renters in Canberra. There are plenty of stories of tenants who are kept in the dark about their rights, or treated by their landlords or property managers as second class citizens. 
On the other side there’s plenty of times when a landlord either has issues [...]

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