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 on: June 15, 2017, 07:05:36 PM 
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 on: June 13, 2017, 11:38:57 PM 
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Police Who Pre-Emptively Kill Suspected Terrorists Will Be Protected

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim

The NSW government is set to introduce new laws by the end of this month which give police immunity for pre-emptively shooting a person they suspect of terrorism, even if that person does not pose an imminent threat to others.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that she will support all 45 of the recommendations from the coronial inquest report into the Lindt Café siege, and will prioritise those which give police more powers and protect them from civil and criminal prosecution.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller acknowledged that police already have the power to “shoot-to-kill” people they suspect of terrorism in situations analogous to the recent London attacks – where they pose an imminent threat to public safety.

However, he feels that situations like the Lindt Cafe siege are a grey area, as it was unclear whether Man Haron Monis was going to act upon his threats.

As it turned out, Monis was later categorised as a “deranged gunman” suffering from “mental health problems” who was not affiliated with any particular group, whether terrorist or otherwise.

Under the proposed legislation, police would be authorised to “shoot-to-kill” suspected participants once the commissioner declared an event to be a “terrorist incident”, regardless of whether those suspected of involvement pose an imminent threat to others.


Critics point out that the proposed legislation confers virtually unfettered power on the police commissioner to determine whether an event constitutes a “terrorist incident”, and therefore when his colleagues will be protected from prosecution for wounding or killing people.

They are concerned he will declare such events “all too readily” in the interests of protecting police, thereby increasing the likelihood of police unnecessarily shooting and killing people. Critics are concerned that “rogue” police officers who carelessly shoot people will be protected, even if it turns out that their targets were completely innocent of any crime, and/or the shooting was not justified.

There are also fears that the legislation will cause the escalation of situations which could be kept under control and ultimately defused, again potentially leading to the loss of innocent lives.

There are additional concerns about the commissioner’s ability to identify whether a situation constitutes a “terrorist event”, with critics arguing that current laws which require an imminent risk to persons or the public representing a more appropriate mechanism for determining whether a particular individual should be shot or killed.

Shoot first and ask question later

New South Wales police are already being trained in specialised tactics based on a ‘confront and neutralise’ policy, and have access to semi-automatic weapons to act in order to protect themselves and members of the public.

The question, then, is whether the proposed legislation – which gives the minister significant powers, allows for the “pre-emptive” killing of suspects and protects rogue and careless police officers from prosecution – is really a good idea.


 on: June 09, 2017, 01:53:15 PM 
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Queensland police no pursuit policy should be scrapped: union

ROGUE drivers are exploiting Queensland’s no-pursuit policy more than ever with police recording more than 110 drive-offs every week.

The latest Queensland Police statistics show that in the past 12 months (March-2016 to April 2017) there were 5871 evade police offences recorded, the equivalent of almost 113 a week.

It’s a 29 per cent increase on the corresponding previous 12 months when 4,554 offences were noted.

The Queensland Police Union boss Ian Leavers has called on the Palaszczuk Government to scrap the no pursuit policy and give cops discretion to chase.

Mr Leavers said the policy was an abject failure and even the number of motorists daring to play catch-me-if-you-can was untenable.

“These stats which have risen more than threefold over the last year clearly show the current ‘no pursuits policy’ for police is a dismal failure and should be consigned to the wastepaper bin,” Mr Leavers said.

“Offenders know police have their hands tied in most circumstances and cannot pursue them so they do not stop and these figures show they are becoming more emboldened to flee from police at every opportunity.”

“Police on the frontline know the police department’s ‘no pursuits policy’ is quite simply bad policy and the only people it aids are the offenders not police.

Mr Leavers noted the anomaly that police had the discretion to use firearms but not to pursue a vehicle.
Queensland Police Union Ian Leavers.

“We trust police to carry firearms and use their discretion, so it is high time we trusted police to use their discretion as well when it comes to whether or not they decide to pursue an offender.”

A more restricted pursuit policy was implemented on the recommendations made by a coroner after a spate of fatal crashes.

Introduced in 2012, the policy states that pursuits are “inherently dangerous” and should only be undertaken if those fleeing are an “imminent threat to life” or been involved in or threatened a murder or other serious offence.

Anyone who commits two offences of evading police may have their car confiscated and forfeited to the state.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said it was a concern if one motorist did not pull over when instructed but it was important innocent lives were not lost either.

“It’s a concern when people don’t stop when they are under the requirement of the law to do so,” he told The Courier-Mail.

“One is a concern, 10 is a concern, but what we are saying to police and for the safety of the public, we have to manage the risk.

“It’s an increase but it’s an increase where we are managing the risks to the general public which is our responsibility.”
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating.

Of the 5871 evade police offences between March 2016 and April 2017, only 1573 motorist were subsequently tracked down and a total of 1573 charges were laid.

Mr Keating said the police do their best to track down every drive but there were instances which made that task extremely difficult.

He added that in some instances one driver may chalk up several evade police offences and that has inflated the figure.

“There are many reasons. The car may have no registration plates, there are circumstances where the car may be stolen or maybe unlawfully used,” he said.

“It could be a rental vehicle where they may difficulties in identifying the driver at the time.

“The challenges are identifying the owner of the vehicle and then identifying the driver.”

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the fact there had been no deaths associated with police pursuits, shows there is merit in the policy.

“Police can and do pursue in certain circumstances,” he said.

“Prior to the current policy, police pursuits were associated with the deaths of 19 people and the injury of 737 people between 2000 and 2011.

“Since the introduction of the current policy six years ago there have been no deaths associated with police pursuits.”

Drive-offs: Mar 2015 — Apr 2016 / Mar 2016 — Apr 2017 Increase/ %

Evade Police offences: 4,554 5,871 1317 / 28.9

Persons charged 175 185 10 / 5.7

Charge count 1273 1573 300 / 23.5

· Queensland Police Service statistics


 on: June 08, 2017, 05:19:37 PM 
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 NSW police getting rapid-fire assault rifles and shoot-to-kill powers

    The NSW government will introduce legislation within a fortnight to provide certainty to police officers who need to use lethal force against terrorists, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

    The Premier on Thursday said the government “accepted and supported” all 45 recommendations made by Coroner Michael Barnes in late May following the inquest into the Lindt Cafe siege of December 2014.

    “As we have seen as recently as this week in Melbourne and on the weekend with the cowardly, evil acts in London, we need to be ever-vigilant to the emerging and evolving risks of terrorism,” Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.

    “NSW will continue to have the toughest counter-terror laws in the country and we will now give our police clear protections if they need to use lethal force against terrorists.”

    Ms Berejiklian said the legislation would be introduced in the next sitting week of parliament, which starts on Tuesday June 20.

    Additionally, officers from the state’s Public Order and Riot Squad will have access to rapid-fire weapons by the end of the year.

    The guns were earlier reported to be the M4 Colt Carbine, a shorter and lighter variant of the Vietnam-era M16 assault rifle, which it is now replacing in US military units.

    Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Thursday said the roll out of the long-arm firearms would dramatically increase the force’s capability to combat terrorism.

    At present only the tactical operations unit carries long arms, which are typically rifles, and Mr Fuller said expanding the capability to the riot squad would provide another layer of support.

    The commissioner said riot squad officers wouldn’t always carry the weapons in public but they’d always be close at hand.

    The Berejiklian government will also introduce draft laws to tighten parole provisions “by requiring consideration of links to terrorism”, the premier said on Thursday.

    Cafe manager Tori Johnson and Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson were killed in the Lindt Cafe when the Martin Place stand-off came to a horrific end in the early hours of December 16, 2014.

    Gunman Man Haron Monis was shot by specialist police who stormed the stronghold 17 hours after he walked into the building with a shotgun and took 18 people hostage.

    Monis was free on bail at the time despite facing 40 serious charges for sex offences and accessory to the murder of his estranged wife.

    Mr Barnes found snipers had a 10-minute window during which they could have taken a “kill shot” at the terrorist but they doubted their legal power to use lethal force as well as having concerns a visible head belonged to the gunman.

    The coroner recommended the police minister consider whether police power laws should be amended to ensure officers “have sufficient legal protection to respond to terrorist incidents”.


 on: May 26, 2017, 10:41:07 AM 
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 on: May 24, 2017, 03:08:54 PM 
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Palaszczuk Government thanks Queensland Police for oustanding efforts in targeting Serious Organised Crime

Minister for Police Mark Ryan thanked the hard working police men and women across the State in Queensland Parliament today for their outstanding efforts in targeting Serious Organised Crime.

“The Palaszczuk Government will not stop when it comes to providing our police with the resources and tough laws needed to get those involved in all forms of Serious Organised Crime off our streets,” Minister Ryan said.

“On the 1 May 2017 the new Organised Crime Gangs Group kicked into action and has already been achieving fantastic results.

“Under the new Organised Crime Gangs Group, overall staffing numbers will build to around 130 including the now permanent police unit Taskforce Maxima.

“Due to Taskforce Maxima’s relentless pursuit, the number of OMCGs in Queensland has almost halved.

“Patched OMCG membership has plunged from 1158 in late 2013 to 695 as of last week and 179 members have formally disassociated themselves from their gangs.

“When compared to other states, Maxima detectives report that public violence involving crime gangs in Queensland is low.

“The Palaszczuk Government has introduced the toughest and most effective laws in the nation that deal with all forms of Serious Organised Crime in our State

“We also committed an additional $20 million over four years for the QPS to specifically target serious organised crime in our State

“While we have focused on disrupting and dismantling OMCG’s we have also focused in on eliminating other forms of horrific serious organised crime in our state.

“The Palaszczuk Government introduced tough new laws to tackle child exploitation material on the internet and target those who use technology to promote and distribute offending material and conceal their offending

“Our government has backed up our highly successful laws with more police officers, more resources and cutting-edge technology.

“The Palaszczuk Government will always put the wellbeing of Queenslanders and our frontline men and women who serve them first.

“Queenslanders can be rest assured that the Palaszczuk Government will continue to work closely with our hard working police to remove those participating in Serious Organised Crime activity in our state off our streets.”


 on: May 22, 2017, 11:50:05 AM 
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Queensland police officer sacked for sexually harassing colleagues

A QUEENSLAND police constable has been sacked following a “lengthy” probe into allegations he sexually harassed colleagues.

Police say the 31-year-old from the South Eastern Region had been suspended since December 2015.

His dismissal comes two days after a 44-year-old male constable from the same region was served a notice to appear for allegedly indecently assaulting a female officer in April.


 on: May 21, 2017, 08:54:22 PM 
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Queensland Police Union calls for rewards for good drivers, warnings for low-grade speeding

THE Queensland Police Union has called for first-time speeders to be handed warnings, and for good drivers to be given discounts on their licences, despite new figures showing hundreds of thousands of drivers were caught last year.

In far north Queensland alone, more than 46,000 speed-camera infringements were issued last financial year — 15,398 more than any other region.

The police union’s acting president, Shayne Maxwell, said speeding and the state’s rising road toll could be quelled if drivers were treated with leniency on their first offence.

Deaths on Queensland roads have climbed each year since 2014, with 81 killed so far this year.

“While speeding is serious, if we as police are fair dinkum in not being seen as revenue raisers, we should be giving drivers with good driving records a warning on the first occasion they exceed the speed limit by less than 13km/h,” Mr Maxwell said.

“We should also incentivise good driving for the public by offering discounts on driver's licence renewals for drivers with good driving histories.”

More than 80 per cent of the drivers caught in far north Queensland were travelling less than 13km/h over the limit, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Mail.

Cairns police officer Sergeant Marty Bristow believes fewer speed cameras could save lives.

“While speed cameras have their place, I’d like to see the traffic branch go back to the old sitting on the side of the road method,” Sgt Bristow said.

“That has an immediate impact on people’s driving.”

He said the high infringement statistics in his area were due to the larger stretches of Bruce Highway, from Cardwell to Cairns.

He added that there was a perception that drivers could get away with speeding in the far north — something he believes would be changed by a greater police presence.

Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the Government’s message was simple: “If you don’t speed, you won’t get fined.”

Mackay’s Broadsound Road speed camera has been revealed as the Bruce Highway’s most prolific, nabbing an average of almost 50 drivers an hour last year and more than 80 an hour the year before.

Ipswich, meanwhile, has been named the area where the most speed-camera infringements were issued per hour last financial year.

Keidges Road at Redbank Plains saw 63 infringement issued per hour. In almost four hours of operation, 250 drivers were nabbed.

The top speeds hit by drivers on the Bruce Highway last financial year were 222km/h in a 110km/h zone at Landsborough, 220km/h in a 110km/h zone at the Glass House Mountains, and 207km/h in a 100km/h zone at Farleigh.

Someone in Townsville was also caught doing 205km/h in an 80km/h zone.


 on: May 18, 2017, 06:22:45 PM 
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GOLD Coast police bosses face a possible workplace bullying investigation after the police union lodged a formal complaint with the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Union secretary Mick Barnes said Gold Coast police headquarters was “bully central,” and an official complaint was lodged with the CCC on Friday.

It comes as the CCC begins an investigation into fudged crime statistics amid growing unrest among rank-and-file officers.
Police union secretary Mick Barnes.

A scathing Auditor-General’s report last month singled out Gold Coast police for criticism over “inappropriate” practices, including “soliciting” and “inducing” crime victims to withdraw complaints.

It found frontline Coast cops were pressured to meet weekly crime-reduction targets.

Outspoken cop Phil Notaro yesterday accused Police Commissioner Ian Stewart of “disgraceful comments and workplace bullying”.

Senior-Sergeant Notaro launched a blistering attack on the police hierarchy in the latest police union journal, claiming crime was out of control, criminals were laughing, and morale was at rock bottom.

On Friday Mr Stewart rejected the criticism, saying disgruntled cops had “better work out what they want to do”.

In a post on his Facebook page yesterday, a defiant Sen-Sgt Notaro said Mr Stewart’s comments were “disgraceful ... and nothing but workplace bullying”.

“ ‘Stop my bitching or resign’ ... sorry COP (Commissioner of Police), I’m not going anywhere,” he wrote.
The police union says Gold Coast police headquarters is “bully central”.

Meanwhile, a former Coast cop has told of a culture of bullying, intimidation and sexual harassment, which drove her out of the QPS.

The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, is now on a disability pension after taking medical retirement from her 20-year QPS career last year.

She described being degraded, mocked and sexually harassed for almost a year before finally lodging a complaint – which only made matters worse.

“I would get comments like ‘Get me a cup of tea, wench’,” or ‘You should be home in the kitchen’,” she said.

“I’d get a slap on the bum when they walked past.

“It’s not right.”

Gold Coast-based Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said the QPS took a dim view of sexual harassment.


 on: May 18, 2017, 01:40:12 PM 
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Police officer behind bars on DV charges

A TERRITORY police officer will remain behind bars charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice while on bail for alleged domestic violence offences.

Garrin James Metcalfe, 40, did not seek to be released from custody when he faced Darwin Local Court from the dock, wearing black shorts, a white polo shirt and thongs, on Wednesday.

He was arrested and charged with 12 counts of breaching a DVO, two counts of breaking bail, unlawful stalking, using a carriage service to harass and attempting to pervert the course of justice on May 13.

Metcalfe, whose parents supported him in court, was represented by defence lawyer Amy Dargan.

A NT police officer was also present for the brief mention.

No further details on the charges were revealed.

Metcalfe’s two previous unresolved court files — for which he was on bail when he allegedly committed the fresh offending — included charges of aggravated assault, unlawful entry, trespass and three further counts of breaching a DVO. Prosecutor Mary Chalmers sought for the three files to travel together.

Metcalfe will face a preliminary examination mention, meaning his case is likely to go to the NT Supreme Court, in July.


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