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Police sign up with the sobering shelter

By johnboy - 21 December 2011 5

ACT Policing signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sobering Up Shelter, operated by CatholicCare, today (Wednesday, December 21) in Ainslie.

The partnership between CatholicCare and ACT Policing provides a service to the Canberra community which will assist in treating intoxicated people, whether from alcohol or drugs, found in a public place, and provide them with a safe place to sober up.

Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Roman Quaedvlieg said the partnership will continue to provide police with an alternative option to placing a person into custody in the police Watch House.

“The Intoxicated People (Care and Protection) Act 1994 (ACT) provides a legislative basis whereby people found intoxicated in public can sober up in a safe environment. The Sobering Up Shelter provides this service to the community and we support its objective and operations,” Chief Police Officer Quaedvlieg said.

The Sobering Up Shelter provides a safe place for intoxicated people to recover from intoxication and is staffed by trained and professional alcohol and other drug workers.

Information and referrals to alcohol and other drug detoxification and rehabilitation programs as well as mental health support services is also provided through the shelter.

The shelter is open from Thursday to Saturday nights from 11pm to 6am.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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5 Responses to
Police sign up with the sobering shelter
Tooks 3:18 pm 22 Dec 11

Kuku said :

Oh FFS. This has been around since the 80’s. How is this news?

Fire up, champ. It’s totally worth getting worked up about.

pink little birdie 9:15 am 22 Dec 11

EvanJames said :

Kuku said :

Oh FFS. This has been around since the 80’s. How is this news?

Well, somebody wrote a press release…

+1

EvanJames 11:31 pm 21 Dec 11

Kuku said :

Oh FFS. This has been around since the 80’s. How is this news?

Well, somebody wrote a press release…

Kuku 7:15 pm 21 Dec 11

Oh FFS. This has been around since the 80’s. How is this news?

nobody 5:49 pm 21 Dec 11

Excellant improvement. Falling-over drunk isn’t illegal, but if falling-over drunk people don’t have a friend to take them home, the police usually have no other option but to stick them in a cell for the night.

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