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Police Wrap – 12 May 2010

By johnboy - 12 May 2010 13

1. The things they have to deal with:

Deputy Chief Police Officer for the ACT David McLean today launched the third edition of the Practical Reference to Religious and Spiritual Diversity for Operational Police.

The Reference was developed by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) in consultation with all police jurisdictions and a number of stakeholders including religious and community leaders.

It aims to provide police with a greater understanding of religious and spiritual diversity, and covers nine major religious faiths. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Maori Spirituality and Sikhism.

Commander McLean said the Reference provides ACT Policing members with an overview of these nine religions, and contains practical advice for police on religious protocols surrounding death, gender roles and the family and physical contact.

“As operational police, it is vital we are sensitive to religious and spiritual practices while performing our duties. This includes any special considerations we should be mindful of when entering a person’s house, or conducting an interview with a member of the multicultural community,” Commander McLean said.

The new edition of the Reference also includes a user friendly pocket guide with a quick reference table which operational police can carry with them while they go about their duties.

“This handy pocket guide will maximise accessibility, readability and useability of the Reference for police while interacting with the multicultural community in the ACT.

“As our society becomes increasingly diverse, our police officers need to be constantly responsive to these changes, and the implementation of this new edition of the Reference further demonstrates ACT Policing’s commitment to provide an effective and respectful service to all members of the Canberra community,” Commander McLean said.

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Police Wrap – 12 May 2010
BimboGeek 2:12 pm 13 May 10

dtc said :

Have a look at the Baha’i ‘Lotus Temple’ in Dehli and see if it reminds you of anything

Oooooh Pretty!!!! That’s one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen! One more thing to check out when I go to Delhi. *?*

Jim Jones 2:10 pm 13 May 10

Pommy bastard said :

You try getting a grant for a “middle class white English person’s centre”

What, like Parliament House? 😉

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:40 pm 13 May 10

“We have a warrant to search your premises.”
“Sure! Come on in.”
“Um…is that marijuana on the table?”
“These aren’t the drugs you’re looking for.”
“What?”
“I said, these aren’t the drugs you’re looking for.”
“Why are you waving your hand around like that?”
“Hey! You have to respect my religion. Not falling for my Jedi mind trick would call the existence of the Force into question, and that’d be pretty offensive, especially in my own home.”
“Oh. Quick, check the reference card!”
“It says we have to do whatever he says.”
“OK. Where were we?”
“These aren’t the drugs you’re looking for.”
“These aren’t the drugs we’re looking for.”
“I can go about my business.”
“You can go about your business.”
“Move along.”
“Move along. Move along.”

Pommy bastard 1:34 pm 13 May 10

georgesgenitals said :

Aren’t we ALL members of the multicultural community?

I’m not.

Pomminess is not recognised as worth consideration by the multiculture industry.

You try getting a grant for a “middle class white English person’s centre”, and a “disabled, single-parent, lesbian, Nauruan and Tuvaluan centre”, see which one you get first.

😉

Funky1 1:01 pm 13 May 10

What about ‘Jedi Knight’? That’s what religon I put on my last census form.

Jim Jones 11:59 am 13 May 10

p1 said :

Interesting, I’d never heard of Baha’i before. Anyone know if they have a significant Canberra presence? Or even in Australia?

Baha’i is pretty big in the Pacific, so there’s a decent representation in Australia (and Canberra).

Used to be a bloke with a Baha’i stall at Jammo Trash and Treasure and a few other places.

dtc 11:25 am 13 May 10

Have a look at the Baha’i ‘Lotus Temple’ in Dehli and see if it reminds you of anything

http://bagish.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/lotus-temple.jpg

p1 11:14 am 13 May 10

This includes any special considerations we should be mindful of when entering a person’s house…

So, if my religious beliefs require them to take off their shoes, they will. What if I have just had my carpet cleaned? Can I get them to remove their shoes, or is that only for people with imaginary friends?

georgesgenitals 10:36 am 13 May 10

““As operational police, it is vital we are sensitive to religious and spiritual practices while performing our duties. This includes any special considerations we should be mindful of when entering a person’s house, or conducting an interview with a member of the multicultural community,” Commander McLean said. “

Aren’t we ALL members of the multicultural community?

caf 10:24 am 13 May 10

Two of my high school friends were Baha’i. They have a pretty big cultural centre out near the Orana school at Weston.

p1 10:10 am 13 May 10

Interesting, I’d never heard of Baha’i before. Anyone know if they have a significant Canberra presence? Or even in Australia?

They should include Wicca and the whole new age movement, then they’ll know how to be culturally sensitive when they bust hippies selling drugs at parties.

If they were really hippies, they wouldn’t be selling the drugs, they’d just share.

BimboGeek 9:49 am 13 May 10

I was just thinking that some of those religions cover a huge geographical area and encompass a number of cultures and philosophies. Things valued by a Thai Buddhist, for example, don’t mean much to a Chinese or Nepalese Buddhist.

Still, it’s a good start. They should include Wicca and the whole new age movement, then they’ll know how to be culturally sensitive when they bust hippies selling drugs at parties.

Bosworth 10:52 pm 12 May 10

Maybe I should start my own religion.

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