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Too many drunks getting arrested?

By johnboy - 22 October 2008 42

The Ombudsman has announced the release of their third report on ACT Policing’s dealings with the drunkards.

It comes out swinging:

    “More needs to be done to keep intoxicated people out of police custody”

And keeps it up throughout:

    “The report also recommends some changes to police training. Prof. McMillan said that ‘Being drunk in a public place has not been an offence in the ACT since 1983, yet police training still refers to the intoxication detention provisions as “street offences”. The law gives power to police to care for and protect intoxicated people, and that needs to be emphasised.’”

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bigfeet 9:14 pm 24 Oct 08

DJ said :

Sure they do… don’t resist in any fashion and you can expect a safe and comfortable ride to the safety of a facility that will most likely save you from doing something even more stupid that what brought you to the attention of Police in the first place.

Resist and be treated like you act – don’t abuse, spit, hit, headbutt, punck, kick, grab or attempt to do any of those things or you SHOULD expect that force will be used against you.

Prof McM’s sentiments, IMHO, are not commendable.

Exactly. The cops really would just rather walk on by, but the public expect them to do something, so they will give a drunk every oppurtunity to just head home, or get their mates to take them home, or get in a cab, or get in the police car to be be taken to a sober up centre.

If he complied with any of these requests, he would not end up at the watchouse.

But normally he won’t want to go anywhere withthe police. So the police are really left with two options… leave the fool and walk on by (the easiest option, but the one that everyone will complain about), or force the person into a van, and then take them somewhere (remembering that they can only be taken to the sober up centre if they don’t object to being taken there..but they are objecting to being taken anywhere)

DJ 7:46 pm 24 Oct 08

jenny green said :

Posts crossed. I think Prof McM’s sentiments are commendable… Even obnoxious wankers have the right not to be beaten up when taken to the watch-house for sobering up…

Sure they do… don’t resist in any fashion and you can expect a safe and comfortable ride to the safety of a facility that will most likely save you from doing something even more stupid that what brought you to the attention of Police in the first place.

Resist and be treated like you act – don’t abuse, spit, hit, headbutt, punck, kick, grab or attempt to do any of those things or you SHOULD expect that force will be used against you.

Prof McM’s sentiments, IMHO, are not commendable.

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