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Police strategic plan for 2008-11

By johnboy - 13 August 2008 50

The Australian Federal Police have released a strategic plan for the next three years.

At three pages of content it is perhaps, a little lighter than some might expect. But it lists the following as objectives:

    — Closer integration of police with the community to promote mutual trust, assurance and the active cooperation of the community. (Still waiting for a media release on your website since Friday fellas)

    — Delivering effective policing strategies to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute crime and address the perceptions of crime and safety in the community.

    — Maintaining a capability to focus and coordinate energy and resources at key points in key moments in time to achieve specific law enforcement objectives.

    — Embedding a customer service culture that ensures the delivery of compassionate and respectful police services to the public.

    — Creating a workforce that delivers a professional policing service, that contributes to afP capabilities and embraces professional development opportunities.

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Police strategic plan for 2008-11
Tooks 9:25 am 14 Aug 08

astrosapien said :

All good

Love healthy discussions…

One of my parents still works for the Australian Federal Police so some of it is based on what they have told me in conversation, but it seems compounded with general observation…

I’m not everywhere at all times, which is true, but when you can go weeks without seeing a cop car on the roads, it’s kinda concerning…

What people probably don’t think of often with regards to not seeing police cars around is that you have big patrol zones and only a limited amount of cars.

For the sake of the example, let’s say there are 6 cars patrolling Woden zone. That’s 6 cars to cover about 33 suburbs. For police to be highly visible you’d have to increase numbers significantly to make a visible difference.

Adding to that example, if one of those cars is stuck at a death, one is locking someone up at the City watch house, and a couple of cars are at burgs or property damage jobs, it doesn’t leave many left, unfortunately.

astrosapien 9:13 am 14 Aug 08

All good

Love healthy discussions…

One of my parents still works for the Australian Federal Police so some of it is based on what they have told me in conversation, but it seems compounded with general observation…

I’m not everywhere at all times, which is true, but when you can go weeks without seeing a cop car on the roads, it’s kinda concerning…

Tooks 9:04 am 14 Aug 08

astrosapien said :

Unfortunately I don’t feel that the police are doing a good enough job in the ACT.

Add to that a dangerous culture of Protective Service officers going around referring to themselves as cops

There is almost zero presence in the community. The white vans that check your speed will send you a fine with the AFP logo on it, but it is not manned by police officers, and it seems that the only time you see police officers on the street is when there is a group of them heading into the local mall for their lunch.

The last thing that I will say is to do with a comment I made above about the duress alarms. That was a few years ago, and I’m not sure if their attitudes have changed. I’m no longer in the security industry so I’m not sure if that information is still accurate today, but it was certainly the case for a good 3-4 year period a few years ago…

You didn’t really explain your very first comment, other than to say that Police don’t respond to alarms (which they do), Police numbers are incredibly low (are they? How do you know?), and that there is almost zero Police presence in the community (how do you know what the Police presence is? Are you everywhere at once?).

I’m not having a go at you, because I think it’s an interesting discussion. I just think you could’ve thought of a better argument as to why police aren’t doing a good enough job in the ACT.

astrosapien 7:44 am 14 Aug 08

Unfortunately I don’t feel that the police are doing a good enough job in the ACT.

I’m the son of a Canberra cop… In fact, both my parents were cops when I was born, so I have 100% pig blood in me…

😛

Anyways, it’s changed a lot over the years, and not necessarily for the better. About three or four years ago I worked for a back to base security firm. If a duress alarm came through, no matter whether it be from a private residence or a business, our standard operating procedures were to call the police. We were told time and time again that they would not attend because they had “been to too many false alarms”.

I think another issue, particularly in Canberra, is that because our community police force is part of the Commonwealth Federal Police we end up with a lot of our community police numbers being fudged. Police numbers are incredibly low, and only bolstered because they insist on adding the number of staff that are within the Protective Service. One dangerous issue with that is that at a glance the General Duties police officer’s uniform is exactly the same as a Protective Service uniform, with only the lapelles on the shoulders advising whether they GD or PS.

Add to that a dangerous culture of Protective Service officers going around referring to themselves as cops (which they aren’t. Legislation is in place that the PS officers are provided with when the join that advises them that it is against the law for them to refer to themselves as police officers, and doing so is actually “impersonating a police officer”, which they can in turn lose their jobs over) and we have a very messed up situation in the Nation’s Capital.

There is almost zero presence in the community. The white vans that check your speed will send you a fine with the AFP logo on it, but it is not manned by police officers, and it seems that the only time you see police officers on the street is when there is a group of them heading into the local mall for their lunch.

These are issues that I have raised with my family time and time again over the years and it is nice to finally know that there is a forum with which I can get this stuff off my chest.

The last thing that I will say is to do with a comment I made above about the duress alarms. That was a few years ago, and I’m not sure if their attitudes have changed. I’m no longer in the security industry so I’m not sure if that information is still accurate today, but it was certainly the case for a good 3-4 year period a few years ago…

sepi 10:34 pm 13 Aug 08

And what is ‘other crime’ in neighbourhood watch??

54-11 10:13 pm 13 Aug 08

Pandy, the point(s) you make are valid. Many years ago, when the Neighbourhood Watch program first started, a copper would turn up to each suburb meeting and give a rundown on crime in the area. That allowed NW members to get some idea of where the hotspots were, and the NW newsletters were able to provide valuable advice and stats to householders.

Then the coppers no longer attended meetings, and a couple of years ago, the crime stats were censored off the NW internet site at ACT Policing direction.

None of this is the fault of any individual copper – it all comes down to the lack of interest in genuine public engagement by the Policing hierarchy. I agree wholeheartedly with the points made by Jack Waterford in the Crimes over many years about the quality of AFP public relations (I don’t necessarily agree with some of the other claims by Jack, but his comments on PR are spot-on).

ant 10:07 pm 13 Aug 08

… and with Bargearse around, you won’t need one of those namby-pamby sandwich toasters…

Headbonius 9:49 pm 13 Aug 08

OI get me two Chiko Rolls and a shitload of Dim Sims and don’t forget the soy sauce. Famous bargearse quote.

sepi 8:34 pm 13 Aug 08

They have finally realised that no matter what a great job they are doing chasing serious crime, that if they fob off complaints from ordinary people (property damage, windows smashed in at night, noise complaints etc) then the community starts to lose faith.

I hope they have actually got some more police with which to respond to crimes, and they aren’t just going for the more visible presence to keep us happy.

BerraBoy68 6:58 pm 13 Aug 08

Thumper said :

Bring back phone books and fit ups I say.

More of Sgt Stone on the Bill..

or Bargearse!

Pandy 6:20 pm 13 Aug 08

They missed this one”

“-Because of the Privacy Act (BOTPA), we will not release anything about police numbers, response times, clearance rates, crimes in your suburb and anything else we damn well please. So move along nothing to see here.”

Bundybear 6:18 pm 13 Aug 08

With you Thumper, had to be written by a pube. Not sure about the fit ups and phone books – methinks he jests. I reckon the cops generally do a bloody good job in some pretty crap circumstances. I’m just not sure what a long winded spout that basically says “we’re going to try and do a good job that the community is happy with” actually does to help them.

peterh 4:02 pm 13 Aug 08

Madman said :

Looks good to me – I reckon the AFP do a top notch job in the ACT.
Far better then the NSW Police! (gestapo)

police everywhere are the same as you or I. there are the newbies who are over the top, old hands who are doing the right thing, and bad apples, great helpers etc. the people in the police force are first and foremost human beings, fraught with frailties and weaknesses.

They do the job that we don’t want to do. They uphold the law. in Canberra, they seem to actually care about the community, considering that they could be living next door….

The fact that differentiates the ACT police from other states is that they are publishing the directions that they feel will best serve the community.

Thumper 3:57 pm 13 Aug 08

God… they sound like the public service….

Bring back phone books and fit ups I say.

More of Sgt Stone on the Bill..

Madman 3:55 pm 13 Aug 08

Looks good to me – I reckon the AFP do a top notch job in the ACT.
Far better then the NSW Police! (gestapo)

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