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ACT Policing’s (Occasional) Wrap-Up

By Skidbladnir 4 February 2008 4

ACT Policing’s Media Unit needs to embrace the 21st Century and either update their website more often (such as when relevant information should go public, or would make them look good in the public eye), or cut back their staff numbers and only police on the busy days (Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays of every second week, apparently).

From last Friday’s update:
1) There is a missing man, Mr Stephen Holmes of Isabella Plains, (35yo, Caucasian, approximately 180cm tall, stocky build with short black hair and blue eyes) who apparently forgets where lives but goes on long drives.

2) Someone tried to burn down part of Lanyon Marketplace and several other charity bins around town.

3) Damage to schools before the new School Term begins.
Stromlo High School was flooded,
Alfred Deakin High had a greenhouse catch fire,
and MacKillop Catholic College had someone scale an eight foot fence to kill three chickens and a duck.

4) A 28 Year old Macquarie man was arrested on January 25, in relation to producing counterfeit $50 notes, possibly the same as were reported on here. Apparently he was trying to pass them off as real at the Canberra Centre and Holt on both January 15 and 16 respectively, and his computer was seized. He is to be charged today with two counts of uttering counterfeit money, one count of making counterfeit money and one count of being in possession of materials to make counterfeit money.

These were the only two times he was caught out though, so check your notes.

5) Apparently the Australia Day Long Weekend’s double demerit period lasts until February 01 (when the media release announcing it went out).
a) A woman doing 160kph in a 100 down the Monaro Highway, and losing 12 points.
b) Apparently we’re still drink driving like crazy people. (19 positive results from 800 tests = 2.4% of drivers tested, or 1 in 42. Last time we covered DUI stats we had a 1 in 55 positive result)

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Special G 12:53 pm 05 Feb 08

Skidmeister – its all about how you read the stats. Its easy to increase the number of negative tests – just sit somewhere busy on a tuesday morning – negative tests go up. Actually go out and target places where people drink/drive eg the city on weekends and positives go up.

The same number of people are drink driving its just whether the police are wasting their time upping the negative count to make the pollies feel better about the averages.

93.735% of all states are made up on the spot.

Skidbladnir 10:20 am 05 Feb 08

Its a bit worrying that Canberrans are getting caught drink driving more than three times more often than the national average (1 in 185 from the last nationwide op), and its increasing. :\

Skidbladnir 9:23 am 05 Feb 08
ACT Policing arrested two men in Melba last night (Friday, February 1) after attending a disturbance in which the alleged offenders were intoxicated and riding unregistered trail bikes on public roads.
ACT Policing has arrested a third man wanted in relation to a disturbance in Melba on Friday (February 1).

Police arrested the 21-year-old man at his Latham address about 8.30pm yesterday (February 3).

He has since been charged with six offences including riding a motor vehicle without consent, riding whilst disqualified, using an unregistered vehicle and no third party insurance.

Apparently Police Media and Public Relations suddenly lift their game when you criticise them, and have put up relevant information in a reasonable timeframe.

Felix the Cat 10:50 pm 04 Feb 08

Anyone heard anything about a 21 yo Latham man arrested over assault or similar crime? I know someone who fits the above description and hope it isn’t him.

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