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Greenhorn police to revenue raise

By beasley - 29 February 2008 48

According to our Police Minister, Simon Corbell, we should be all thankful that the newest batch of green police officers are being released onto our streets to uphold the law and order of our fair city and bring down our crime rates….yeah right!

First couple of weeks will be revenue raising for their new masters:

Quote “The first weeks of the new officers’ service will be with ACT Policing Traffic Operations”

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Greenhorn police to revenue raise
ant 10:23 am 01 Mar 08

I’d sure like to see cops out and about, keeping an eye on what people are doing, especially on the roads. I saw some in recent weeks, and every time, they were doing “national security” crap for visiting dignitaries.

I think that is what the AFP think their job is now, they’ve been dazzled by things NSC and mundane local police work is not attractive to them.

We could outsource our ACT police work to Queanbeyan and get a better result, not that the Qbn police are anything to write home about, but at least they know what they’re there to do, and aren’t dreaming of catching terrorists all day.

abc 8:51 am 01 Mar 08

The chopper was a Navy Sea King… It was also around about 4.30 in the arvo…

John Tuttle 7:56 am 01 Mar 08

Do you also call it ‘revenue raising’ if they are prosecuting people abusing animals, shoplifting, stealing cars, etc. Sometimes people get a large fine you know…you should start a new thread about our silly revenue-raising judicial system.

To be honest, I’d rather have the lesser experienced cops doing traffic and rbt’s, freeing up the more experienced ones to handle more complex situations.

The alternative? Chuck a ‘greenhorn’ into a complex investigation into a serious crime and have them make the odd mistake and the case falls apart.

The real questions to ask about costs/revenues is whether we get value for money out of the AFP, whether the ACT Gov’t is buying ‘enough’ service and whether the Fed Gov’t is paying its way for the special requirements that it puts onto Canberra’s cops.

Eg For a major dignitary visit, do ACT ratepayers cop the bill or not? Does the AFP take everyone off the beat to handle the visit, running the rest of Canberra on skeleton-staff?

What’s the relative cost of AFP versus the States? Would we get a ‘cheaper’ service from NSW?

Special G 5:44 am 01 Mar 08

Beasley you’re going to have to come up with something better than this story for some decent cop bashing. Come on at least put some creativity into it. lke: Corrupt Police fund Corbells holiday in the Maldives, or something.

bd84 1:15 am 01 Mar 08

Canberra doesn’t have a police chopper. I don’t believe choppers of the police variety come equipt with blue and red flashing lights anyway, they would serve no point? More likely to be SouthCare chopper I would think?

Any more police on the beat is a good thing, no matter what they’re doing. Beats putting up the revenue raising speed cameras.. if you’re not paying enough attention to slow down for them. I doubt the 17 or so new police members will fix anything though.. add another 200 and we might get to see some proactive policing one day.

Mr Waffle 11:16 pm 29 Feb 08

I lie, it was about 6:30pm. Loud as all hell, too. Tried to get some happy snaps but the sun had gone by then.

Mr Waffle 11:15 pm 29 Feb 08

Speaking of cops, anyone see the helicopter circling above the Mitchell/Watson area around 8pm? I assume it was a police chopper, it had blue and red lights with a big ol’ spotlight on the front. Circled for a good 20 minutes.

HA 10:11 pm 29 Feb 08

Cranky…don’t know what you’re taking (maybe you’ve missed a dose?), don’t know what planetg you’re from, and have no idea why you’ve come outta the blue with such crap. It’s a shame there isn’t either an idiot-detector automatically gatekeeping this site (a bit like some sort of spam filter), or at least some sort of minimum intelligence level requirement before they let idiots like you online. The only deplorable low, as you put it (boy…that’s an original expression) is that I’m even bothering to push-back your nonsense.

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:05 pm 29 Feb 08

Silly American slang

Yes – silly American slang used by English-speaking peoples of the British Isles since 1460 to refer to a young ox, and since at least 1650 to refer to a raw recruit. If ‘greenhorn’ isn’t Australian, neither were any of the other words you typed.

cranky 9:31 pm 29 Feb 08

It’s the endemic lack of interest in any complaint/observation from members of the public, which can only, apparently, be looked at if the member of the public attends the local police station. This will enable the police to write a report, complete with rego numbers/discriptions etc, (which the member of the public will be required to supply), so that further enquiries can take place.

Of course, the member of the public who has witnessed a bashing/criminal damage/attempted rape, will have to realise that under freedom of information, the suspect will be supplied with the name and address of the member of the public!

When is our police force going to become proactive, rather than a conduit to feed information gained regarding criminals back to the criminal, rather than bringing the criminal to book?

The local system has sunk to deplorable lows. I’m sure the whole situation is a result of low police numbers. Fix it, Sonic!

Thumper 9:14 pm 29 Feb 08

More cops…

Sounds good to me…

What’s the problem if they are out booking people who should be booked?

Tooks 8:33 pm 29 Feb 08

We get more much needed police on the streets and people still find a reason to complain. Get a grip.

Your “revenue raising” comment is pretty ill-informed and stupid.

We need more cops on the road. Simple as that.

Mike Crowther 8:32 pm 29 Feb 08

Yes…terrible waste. They’ve been through the academy now, lets put em in charge of a couple of cold case murders.

barney 6:53 pm 29 Feb 08

Why do they have to be called “Greenhorn’s”???
Silly American slang. At least it’s not Australian, as far as I know.

TAD 6:36 pm 29 Feb 08

Every recruit class spends their first couple of weeks in traffic doing RBT. Its a way of easing them into dealing with the public. Last time I checked there was no money raised by that (apart from licence and rego checks)

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