I heard on the radio today that the ACT Ombudsman has released his annual report in regard to complaints for the year 2007/2008. It was mentioned that the majority of complaints received were against ACT Policing, in particular in regard to the processing of persons under the Intoxicated Persons Care and Protection Act.
Should it be a job of the police in the watch house to monitor people that have drunk alcohol to excess?
The way I understand it to work (not having being thrown in the drunk tank myself yet); drunk person goes in to the watch house, sleeps it off, then gets released when the cops are happy for them to walk away and not get run over or mugged. No charges, no court or anything lasting criminal record.
Granted most hospital are being flogged senseless and are under staffed is there another solution where drunken people could be placed?
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With the amount of things you hear from people about the cops not turning up to their calls for help, wouldn’t it make sense to relieve them of the job of baby sitting the drunks of Canberra.