The Canberra Times brings word that since Christmas even 148 Canberrans have been fined for having a wee where the police could see them.
And one police sergeant believes the fines have helped reduce the instance of the unhygienic offence. The fines or criminal infringement notices were established to help police deal with minor matters quickly and provide a deterrent.
The acting officer in charge at City Police station, Sergeant Max Mokrij, said the fines had been an effective and efficient tool for police.
”The process has reduced the administrative burden on police officers. Police believe that [the fines] have had reduced the number of public-order offences in the Canberra CDB particularly public urination,” he said.
A good use of policing resources?