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Police Wrap – 21 January

By johnboy 21 January 2009 53

These first two are old news now but I think we all wanted to see what the police had to say:

1. Operation Caprae brings peace to strife torn Tuggeranong:

    ACT Policing has arrested three male youths as part of Operation Caprae, currently targeting a string of aggravated robberies in the Tuggeranong area.

    Around 10pm on Friday (January 16) a 16-year-old male youth was walking with friends along Downard Street, Calwell, when a vehicle containing four males stopped and three of the males got out. The friends ran from the area while the 16-year-old male victim was grabbed. The alleged offenders demanded the victim’s wallet and phone. When he did not give them up they punched him in the face repeatedly. The assault stopped when a witness yelled at the offenders and they fled in the vehicle without taking any property. A member of the public provided police with an accurate registration plate for the suspect’s vehicle. The victim sustained bruising and swelling to the face. ACT Ambulance Services attended the scene but the victim was not conveyed to hospital.

    Numerous police officers were on the scene within minutes and thoroughly searched the area for the surrounding vehicle. A short time later, members of Operation Caprae stopped the white Proton sedan in Sturdee Crescent, Monash, and the 17-year-old driver from Monash was arrested.

    Following extensive investigations, around 3am yesterday (Saturday, January 17) officers from Operation Caprae attended the homes of the three alleged co-offenders and arrested two of them, a 16-year-old from Wanniassa and a 16-year-old from Theodore. Further charges are pending for the fourth alleged offender aged 15 from Calwell.

    All three alleged offenders were conveyed to the Regional Watch House and charged with attempted aggravated robbery. The driver was also charged with possession of a prohibited substance and the 16-year-old from Theodore was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. They will appear before the ACT Children’s Court this week.

    Superintendent Matt Varley says the arrests represent a coordinated effort across ACT Policing.

    “The response to this incident and the subsequent arrest of these offenders was made possible due to assistance from the public and a collaborative effort between General Duties patrols, the Territory Investigations Group (TIG) and Operation Caprae officers,” Supt Varley said.

    “These arrests clearly demonstrate that we mean business and that time is running out for other thugs who think they can continue committing assaults and robberies across Tuggeranong.”

    Operation Caprae will continue to target offenders in the Tuggeranong area.

2. The palm tree torchers feel the long arm of the law:

    ACT Policing has arrested two females and two males following an arson attack on a palm tree in Richardson last night (Saturday, January 17).

    Around midnight the alleged offenders were seen setting fire to a tree in Twamley Crescent before fleeing the scene. ACT Fire Brigade quickly attended and extinguished the fire. Officers from ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group (TIG) then intercepted the alleged offender’s vehicle on Kellett Street, Fadden.

    The arrests follow a string of attacks in the Deakin, Red Hill, McKellar, Yarralumla and Queanbeyan areas. The most recent occurred around midnight the previous night (Friday, January 16) when police were called to Dumas Street, McKellar, where several palm trees were on fire. ACT Fire Brigade again attended and extinguished the fire.

    Acting Superintendent David Harrison says the arrests are a result of careful coordination across ACT Policing.

    “These arrests were made possible through information obtained from ACT Policing’s Intelligence teams,” A/Supt Harrison said.

    “Detectives were able to quickly locate the alleged offenders after they had lit the fire.”

    All four of the alleged offenders have been charged with causing a bush fire. One of the males aged 13 from Deakin was bailed from the Regional Watch House to appear before the ACT Children’s Court at a later date. The other male aged 15 from Rivett and one of the females aged 17 also from Rivett will appear before the ACT Children’s Court tomorrow (Monday, January 19). The other female aged 18 from Duffy will appear before the ACT Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Monday, January 19).

    In the ACT the charge of causing a bush fire carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment.

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dexi 3:15 pm 22 Jan 09

And further down the page you find PB you will find……

“Despite the quick-fix attraction of boot camps, parents should search deeper to find programs that offer a more constructive and respectful approach, modelling the type of behaviour they are hoping to see in their children. One option is wilderness therapy, where youth find similar challenges as those depicted in boot camps but presented in a positive, meaningful, and respectful manner. “

Positive, meaningful, respectful. We all could do with a bit of that. There has been some good models developed here in Australia. Not a holiday. It is an experience of a good life.

Good luck with your beat and punish approach.

Pommy bastard 1:58 pm 22 Jan 09

However, boot camps have been found to be largely ineffective in generating long-term growth and advancement among struggling teens. In fact, some studies have shown that recidivism rates are 90% among youth that have attended teen boot camps.

Further, traditional boot camp training fosters a “we-versus-they” attitude and the view that trainees deserve degrading treatment. Finally, traditional boot camps promote an aggressive model of leadership and a conflict-dominated style of interaction (Morash & Rucker, 1990, pp. 210-211). In the few programs where recidivism rates were lowered, this was attributed to the quality of the boot camp’s rehabilitation programming and post-program support, not to its military regime

Duke 1:57 pm 22 Jan 09

Awesome work by the cops on these two yoof-justice issues. Too often we rag on the police for not being around but I was very pleased to see them bust these little turds.

Pommy bastard 1:55 pm 22 Jan 09

I was involved in such schemes (rock climbing and mountaineering instructor) myself back in the UK. The re-offending rates are no less than for peer groups who do not get the freebee holidays.

Sure they behave whilst on the training, but after?

neanderthalsis 1:49 pm 22 Jan 09

Pommy bastard said :

Oh god, “give the crims adventure holidays, at the public expense, and they’ll come back as reformed little angels.”


It is laughable PB, but it works in many cases. I used to run alternative education programs for teens excluded from school. We used to incorporate “adventure training” as part of the program. Having to live out of a backpack, carry all your own food, find your own water, dig your own crapper, walk 15kms a day and sleep under a thin sheet of plastic is a good wake up call to the harsh realities of life.

Mind you, all the staff bar one were ex army and we took no crap from the kiddies.

And getting there and then deciding you don’t want to play doesn’t work for the poor little dears, because the only way out is to walk.

Pommy bastard 1:37 pm 22 Jan 09

Oh god, “give the crims adventure holidays, at the public expense, and they’ll come back as reformed little angels.”


dexi 12:59 pm 22 Jan 09

Ways to try and kill teenagers.

Rock climbing.
Long Desert treks.
Mountain Climbing.
River expeditions.
Tall ship voyages.
Cross-country ski treks.
Mountain hut restoration.
Macquarie Island restoration.

Who has some more??????????
There are some great organisation doing this work.

Timberwolf65 12:49 pm 22 Jan 09

Interesting Dexi, veerrryyy iinnteressstingg!

dexi 12:46 pm 22 Jan 09

Try. You have to try and kill them. They are resourceful little f###### when they want to be. Killin them isn’t that easy you know. They seem to enjoy the experience once they have survived.

What is it you think they are doing when they are committing crimes. Trying to live. No they are challenging death. Just in a simple lazy way.

Pommy bastard 12:18 pm 22 Jan 09

It’s that invisible writing button you have to press. I do wish I could find it.

tylersmayhem 12:14 pm 22 Jan 09

ure you take them out and try to kill them.

Whoa…who said anything about killing anyone?

Beserk Keyboard Warrior 12:06 pm 22 Jan 09

I’m inclined to hold the offenders responsible moreso than their parents. I’m pretty sure by the age of 16 you have a firm grasp of right & wrong.

Can’t wait till I see a white Proton sedan with P plates in the Monash area. Can’t be too many of those $hitboxes getting around.

dexi 12:05 pm 22 Jan 09

Sure you take them out and try to kill them. Seriously it works. Helps set boundaries. You let them talk and listen to them. Then you try to kill them in as many ways as you can think of.

Showing kids there is more to life then what they have seen. There are forces in the world they are yet to feel. That there are other ways to behave and react.

Its simple stuff. Just takes time, money and good adult role models. You can do all that without laying a hand on them.

Cheap, quick and asshole role models can beat them to an inch of their life. Simpler, lazy way.

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