The Australian Federal Police (rather than ACT Policing) has pushed a media release online explaining what they’re doing with the City Beats Team, the Alcohol Crime Targeting Team, and the new Regional Targeting Team:
ACT Policing’s new Regional Targeting Team (RTT) will maintain the high levels of service in and around Canberra’s entertainment districts over the coming summer period, after an operational decision to restructure and streamline previous police resources.
The RTT was formed by combining the traditional City Beats Team with the Alcohol Crime Targeting Team, providing important synergies between the roles of these former teams.
The RTT was deployed last weekend (September 14-15) for the first time and as its name suggests, will be used in a regional role, routinely patrolling such diverse areas such as Belconnen’s busy Emu Bank, Erindale’s pubs and clubs and the Cooleman Court district, as well as the Central Business District.
As a result of this change, there has been no lessening of ACT Policing resources or commitment to the task of reducing alcohol-related violence in the CBD. The RTT comprises three Sergeants, 20 sworn members and a dedicated intelligence officer.
One wonders what region of the ACT the RTT is supposed to be targeting, or what is is targeting for given the extremely vague nature of its title.