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Fake police on Tharwa Drive

By johnboy - 11 January 2012 27

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery which occurred in Conder last night (Tuesday, January 10).

Around 10.50pm a man was driving along Tharwa Drive when he saw a car with blue and red flashing lights on the dashboard following behind. He pulled over to the side of the road when a man got out of the passenger door and approached his vehicle.

Once he reached the door the offender threatened the man with a steel baseball bat, demanding the man hand over his wallet.

The driver handed over his wallet. The offender returned to the car after the driver of the offender’s vehicle yelled that they needed to leave quickly.

The vehicle was described as a well kept dark blue Holden V8 Commodore. It had no stripes or stickers, and had stock wheels, rims and spoiler.

The offender is described as around early 40s, of Caucasian appearance, 183cm (6’) tall, dark stubble on his face. He was wearing a black tight muscle shirt and black pants. He spoke with an Australian accent and had an extremely deep voice.

Police are urging the public to be cautious and asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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obamabinladen 11:18 pm 13 Jan 12

Matt Massey must have got parol.

screaming banshee 7:55 pm 12 Jan 12

creative_canberran said :

I don’t even see why unmarked vehicles shouldn’t have those plates given the ACT Government has such a huge fleet of Government plated vehicles. It’s hardly going to scream cop.

No, its much easier to pick them by the low hanging rear end, lack of hubcaps on steel wheels or heavy buildup of brake dust on the front wheels.

patrick_keogh 7:29 pm 12 Jan 12

buzz819 said :

Oops…This time with the link,

http://www.afp.gov.au/policing.aspx

After speaking to police operations I can report it does look something like that, however it will often be in the form of a police warrant which not only includes the badge (easy to fake, stolen copies abound) but a hologram-protected card with a photo of the officer.

My primary point was not “what does it look like” but that I’d expect the police web site to provide guidance as to how a member of the public can identify a police officer. They agree even if you don’t.

buzz819 6:11 pm 12 Jan 12

Oops…This time with the link,

http://www.afp.gov.au/policing.aspx

buzz819 5:27 pm 12 Jan 12

creative_canberran said :

steveu said :

They now pay state registration. Under the old commonwealth scheme, I believe they did not. Happy to be corrected on this.

Unmarked vehicles would still require state registration to be ‘unmarked’, if you get my drift.

That really is an amusing bit of useless accounting if true. ACT Government pays for the ACT Policing, only to have ACT Policing feed money back into a different part of the ACT Government to drive their vehicles.

Time for all police vehicles to wear ACT Government number plates. I don’t even see why unmarked vehicles shouldn’t have those plates given the ACT Government has such a huge fleet of Government plated vehicles. It’s hardly going to scream cop.

They could go by the Australian Road Rules, and not have to have registration plates on them at all.

Gee… I wonder why an unmarked car, which is out and about 24 hours a day, when other ACT Government cars aren’t, would want to look more discreet with normal plates on it?

patrick_keogh said :

I went to the ACT Police web site to get the lowdown on exactly what official police identification looks like. I know, my bad, I should just have asked for “assistance” here. Anyway, it does not appear that the web site has that information. So I called police operations and asked them to put it up in a prominent location on the web site and they thought that was a good idea 🙂

I wonder if it looks anything like that one in the picture?

creative_canberran 4:43 pm 12 Jan 12

steveu said :

They now pay state registration. Under the old commonwealth scheme, I believe they did not. Happy to be corrected on this.

Unmarked vehicles would still require state registration to be ‘unmarked’, if you get my drift.

That really is an amusing bit of useless accounting if true. ACT Government pays for the ACT Policing, only to have ACT Policing feed money back into a different part of the ACT Government to drive their vehicles.

Time for all police vehicles to wear ACT Government number plates. I don’t even see why unmarked vehicles shouldn’t have those plates given the ACT Government has such a huge fleet of Government plated vehicles. It’s hardly going to scream cop.

patrick_keogh 4:36 pm 12 Jan 12

I went to the ACT Police web site to get the lowdown on exactly what official police identification looks like. I know, my bad, I should just have asked for “assistance” here. Anyway, it does not appear that the web site has that information. So I called police operations and asked them to put it up in a prominent location on the web site and they thought that was a good idea 🙂

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