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Unusually High Number of Complaints Against Police

By luca - 1 February 2007 34

“Number of complaints against police per 100,000 of population:
NSW (48), Vic (18), Qld (39), WA (41), SA (79), Tas (18), NT (131)

ACT (128)”.

The Australian Productivity Commission 2005-06.

I guess its what you’d expect from a community dominated by a lawyer-driven rights-mad Government that believes the law is not there to be obeyed but … contested!

[ED – Yes, obviously the fault lies with the public? The ABC had a piece on this yesterday]

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Unusually High Number of Complaints Against Police
Maelinar 8:59 am 02 Feb 07

Change it then to skew your stats like the other states.

It’s not a brainteaser…

Perhaps the moral of the story is that the ACT was a little slow off the boat when responding to a question about complaints and didn’t realise the implications.

vg 8:39 am 02 Feb 07

….ah no they wouldn’t. They don’t operaste under the same complaints legislation in NSW, or the same Professional Standards regime……but what would I know?

There is no ‘benchmark’. It all depends on the local legislation

Heavs 8:32 am 02 Feb 07

I’d say the same things would count as complaints interstate VG. There would be a benchmark for what does and doesn’t count as a complaint for counting purposes.

vg 8:14 am 02 Feb 07

“oo much “call centre cops” I reckon. Attempting to report a high speed two car smash resulted in the call centre asking me to check whether the drivers had “had too much to drink or appeared be under the influence of drugs”.”

Or, of course, you could always say that you didn’t know. Its just a question, not asking you to be Columbo

vg 8:12 am 02 Feb 07

People would be stunned if they knew what is considered a ‘complaint’ in the ACT and some of the absolute bollocks that is complained about……like the fashion sense of a plain clothes officer!

Yes, someone complained about it….only in the ACT

tommy 8:06 am 02 Feb 07

Too much “call centre cops” I reckon. Attempting to report a high speed two car smash resulted in the call centre asking me to check whether the drivers had “had too much to drink or appeared be under the influence of drugs”.

The community will be asked to do SWAT duty soon I’m sure…

Snoopy 2:28 am 02 Feb 07

While those stats are by state and per 100,000, I think a better apprication would be comparing Canberra to a breakdown of metropolitan and rural results.

Snoopy 2:27 am 02 Feb 07

While those stats are by state and per 100,000, I think a better apprication would be comparing Canberra to a breakdown fo metropolitan and rural results.

johnboy 11:10 pm 01 Feb 07

ED was being sarcastic.

Nik_the_Pig 10:52 pm 01 Feb 07

The interesting stat should you be able to find it would be the number of complaints against police substantiated per 100,000 of population. I would be surprised if the ACT doesn’t come in the lowest in the country.

I don’t think, as the ED suggested, “obviously the fault lies with the public”. Although investigating unjustified or unsubstantiated complaints can take up a large amount of police time and resources and can be extremely stressful to those involved, on occasion prompting otherwise excellent officers to take positions where they have limited dealings with the public or even to resign, an unaccountable police force would be a far more scary thing. It is a good thing that any police force is held to the highest standards but I do feel that the high number of complaints per population in the ACT is due to having an educated, affluent and to be honest self-righteous population.

miz 10:42 pm 01 Feb 07

I was surveyed a few months back about policing. Did I feel safe? etc. Now, I have been pretty happy with the way a couple of incidents have been dealt with and said so. But I found some of the questions pretty problematic, and I had to go out of my way to ensure they included comments to the effect that the odd ‘somewhat less favourable’ response was only due to the MASSIVE understaffing/under-remuneration probs here. There was no question like, do you think there are enough police in your area, or, do you think police in your area are given the resources and support they require to satisfactorily do their (damn hard) job?

threeze 10:41 pm 01 Feb 07

are we just more likely to complain?

johnboy 10:32 pm 01 Feb 07

Jill Circosta was always a class act in my experience.

luca 10:21 pm 01 Feb 07

And still on Law & Justice, here is something from today’s Canberra Times about the ACTs troubled Supreme Court:

“It’s understood the relationship between the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Registrar’s Office under Mrs Circosta had broken down, amid claims she was unhelpful towards prosecutors.Director of Public Prosecutions Richard Refshauge wrote in the office’s 2005-06 annual report: “There remains challenges in the Supreme Court where the work of the office sometimes seems to be met with apparent antipathy.”

luca 9:58 pm 01 Feb 07

Not sure why the post is protected. No doubt I pressed the wrong button. I knew I was a blonde in another life!

And check out the Gary Hughes blog in the Australian for more discussion:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/?from=ninews_leftnav

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