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What to do with drunks out in public spaces

By 123qwe 3 October 2008 35

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?

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.

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schmerica_ 11:11 pm 05 Oct 08

I live in the City and after a night out last weekend began my wander home and stubbled across a guy lying on the road, passed out, just in front of the church on Northbourne Avenue. My friend and I decided it would probably be better if he was not lying on the road, so we woke him up and got him to move onto the footpath.

He proceeded to wake up and try to give me $10 for saving his life. We ended up all walking him to McDonalds, waiting for him to order then did a runner.

I’m sure he’s fine now. And no, I didn’t take the $10.

Deadmandrinking 3:02 pm 05 Oct 08

Just to clarify, PM, was that friday night?

Deadmandrinking 9:10 pm 04 Oct 08

A surprising amount of sh-t happens near that police station.

PM 3:49 pm 04 Oct 08

Deadmandrinking said :

I’m just a harmless drunk! Harmless I tell you!

A gentle giant 🙂

But there’s one d!ckhead out there who was refused service at the Basement (the right and responsible thing to do), and apparently came back a couple of hours later after close and obtained an empty keg from out back, went across the road and totalled a parked car. The instance was caught by security cameras at the bus depot but he’s still on the loose. Would’ve been great for a police patrol that night, even if they were just down the road.

Deadmandrinking 3:25 pm 04 Oct 08

I’m just a harmless drunk! Harmless I tell you!

Spideydog 3:22 pm 04 Oct 08

Burglary was but, just one example. Having trouble keeping your pants up at 3am may present other issues and is not surprising your reward is a little police attention ?? LOL

Deadmandrinking 3:16 pm 04 Oct 08

Spideydog said :

Deadmandrinking said :

But for a while, it seemed that if you were walking home from anywhere in belconnen that they’d stop you and ask you for ID in the light-industrial area.

Thats whats called pro-active patrolling in a “light industrial area” also known as a burglary hot spot. Some are grateful for that type of policing !!!

The trouble I’m usually having with keeping my pants up at that stage should indicate that I’m not physically capable of burglary post 3am

Spideydog 3:14 pm 04 Oct 08

Deadmandrinking said :

But for a while, it seemed that if you were walking home from anywhere in belconnen that they’d stop you and ask you for ID in the light-industrial area.

Thats whats called pro-active patrolling in a “light industrial area” also known as a burglary hot spot. Some are grateful for that type of policing !!!

Deadmandrinking 3:11 pm 04 Oct 08

Maybe I look more suspicious, PM. Can’t see why 😛

PM 3:07 pm 04 Oct 08

I walk through Belco all the time – only time I see police is when there’s a noise complaint made by the shop next to my local, and that doesn’t happen very often. I get the feeling Civic is more of a “trouble spot”.

Deadmandrinking 2:31 pm 04 Oct 08

Hams said :

That makes me curious what you did for the Police to pick you out of the thousands of people in town, (I am assuming this happened in Civic), to harrass for 10 minutes, and why you didn’t just walk away.
If they weren’t going to arrest you they wouldn’t have chased you if you left.

Nah, both times in Belco. One, I accept, there had been some sort of an incident at a house and someone in my group decided to introduce his rear-end from the alley next-door to one of their torchlights as they were searching the backyard. But for a while, it seemed that if you were walking home from anywhere in belconnen that they’d stop you and ask you for ID in the light-industrial area.

Davo111 1:53 pm 04 Oct 08

I blame pink polos

Special G 7:09 am 04 Oct 08

disorderly conduct offence (maybe should have been clearer) – there are no consequences for being a wanker on the piss. Have a good night just don’t mess everyone elses up.

PM 4:09 am 04 Oct 08

Special G said :

Any pollies reading this – make some notes and make it happen.

Sorry – make what happen?

Special G 8:46 pm 03 Oct 08

Most people in civic get themselves locked up for the night as they are drunk and disorderly. There being no other reasonable option for the police. Seems that every other state (inc NT) has a disorderly conduct charge adding a fine into the mix for acting like a tard on the piss. It’s probably against someones human rights or something in the ACT for such a thing to happen.

Any pollies reading this – make some notes and make it happen.

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