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 on: September 05, 2017, 08:50:05 AM 
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A police officer has been filmed reaching speeds of up to 220km/h in a bid to catch a motorist who was travelling in the right-hand lane of a New South Wales highway.

Motorist Tim Agius was hit with a $325 fine and slugged of three demerit points after he was pulled over on the Pacific Highway at Clybucca.

“A police car appeared virtually out of nowhere and I was taken a bit because he was very close to the back of the car, lights flashing,” Mr Agius told 9NEWS.

“It ended up only being 1.5 kilometres that I drove in the right-hand lane.”

Mr Agius took the matter to Kempsey Local Court where a magistrate was shown vision of Mr Agius being pulled over.

“The reason I’ve stopped you, because you’ve been driving in the right-hand lane not overtaking anyone,” the officer is filmed telling Mr Agius.

Mr Agius tells the police officer he “didn’t know that was against the law”.

“It is, any speed limit over 80 kilometres an hour you have to drive in the left,” the officer replies.

Mr Agius had the fine reduced to $200 with the loss of no demerit points. A guilty verdict was also recorded.

He told 9NEWS he took the case to court out of principle.

Under Freedom of Information, 9NEWS obtained a copy of the New South Wales “Safe Driving Policy” which stipulates officers are required to “consider high-speed urgent duty driving a last resort”.

“When it’s over an offence which wouldn’t get more than a few hundred dollars in fines it’s just not justified to add to the risk profile,” road safety expert John Lambert said.

Documents have revealed the Safe Driving Policy is currently under review, however, New South Wales Police would not comment for operational reasons.

If interested video vision can be obtained from link below...

 on: September 04, 2017, 09:09:45 AM 
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Detective Jeff Payne: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A Salt Lake City Police detective is in hot water for arresting a nurse when she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient.

According to University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, Salt Lake detective Jeff Payne used excessive force when he unlawfully arrested her for her reluctance at drawing blood from a man who was involved in a collision that killed a motorist fleeing police.

The Idaho State Journal reported that 43-year-old William Gray, a reserve police officer in Rigby, Idaho, was severely injured in the ordeal, which took place July 26 at about 2 p.m. Gray, who drives trucks in his spare time, was behind the wheel of a semi truck in northern Utah when a suspect fleeing Utah Highway Patrol officers crashed into him head-on.

The fiery crash can be seen in the dashcam video below:
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Gray suffered severe burns from the crash, as he was on fire when he ran out of the vehicle. The suspected driver that fled police, 26-year-old Marcos Torres, died, The Tribune reported.

Hours after the horrific crash, officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department entered the hospital and requested a blood sample from Gray, but were met with reluctance to do so.

In police bodycam video, Wubbels can be heard saying that it’s against hospital policy to draw blood from a patient without consent, a warrant or unless the patient is under arrest.

The video shows Wubbels asking Payne and other officers numerous times if Gray is under arrest. When Payne answers that Gray wasn’t in fact under arrest, Wubbels refuses to allow blood be drawn from him. Payne reiterates that he still has the authority to obtain the blood draw, but Wubbels continues her refusal, saying her job is to protect her patients.

Chaos ensues afterward, with Payne threatening to take Wubbels to jail, accusing her of interfering with a criminal investigation. After Wubbels congregated with a number of co-workers and tells Payne that her stance hasn’t changed, the detective informs her she’s now under arrest, grabs her, pulls her arms behind her back and forcibly handcuffs her.

As Payne drags Wubbels outside of the hospital and puts her into his squad car, she can be heard screaming for help, accusing Payne of arresting her for doing nothing wrong.

Here’s what you need to know about Payne and the incident:
1. Payne is Accused of Assaulting Wubbels During the Arrest

Wubbels came forward with parts of the disturbing video while standing alongside her attorney at a press conference. She’s being represented by Salt Lake City attorney Karra Porter and has accused Payne of using excessive force in an “unlawful arrest.”

“The only job I have as a nurse is to keep my patients safe,” Wubbels said. “A blood draw gets thrown around like it’s some simple thing, but blood is your blood. That’s your property.”

Payne has since been suspended from the police department’s blood-draw program, Salt Lake City Police Sergeant Brandon Shearer told The Salt Lake Tribune. The program is intended to train officers as phlebotomist so they can obtain blood samples.

A police report from the incident obtained by The Tribune insinuates that the officers believed they had “implied consent,” but as Porter noted at the press conference, “implied consent” hasn’t been in Utah law since 2007. The United States Supreme Court also ruled in 2016 that the Constitution does permit officers to obtain breath tests without a warrant in drunken-driving cases, but not blood draws.

No claim or lawsuit has been filed yet by Wubbels or Porter, she said.

Watch the video of the arrest by clicking below.

2. The Police Department Said It’s Opened an Internal Investigation & Has Placed Payne on Paid Leave

Wubbels was detained for about 20 minutes, she said, before being released. She’s not charged in the incident.

After the detainment of Wubbels and the backlash that resulted from it, Shearer said the department has opened an internal investigation into the incident. One day after the video was released, on September 1, Payne was placed on paid leave, The Associated Press reported

“This cop bullied me, he bullied me to the utmost extreme,” Wubbels said to the AP regarding Payne.

According to a written report obtained by The Tribune, Payne said he was responding from a request from the Logan Police Department — where Gray’s crash occurred — to obtain the blood sample and find out if he had illegal substances in his system when the incident occurred.

In his report, Payne wrote that Wubbels’ “policies won’t allow (him) to obtain the blood sample without a warrant.” He wrote that he was advised by his lieutenant, James Tracy, to arrest Wubbels for interfering in the investigation if she continued her refusal.

Excerpts of Payne’s bodycam were released by Salt Lake City police, and have been posted online by The Salt Lake City Tribune. In the video clips, you can hear Payne react to the incident with other officers, trying to explain how Wubbels “obstructed” the investigation.

At one point, the voice from another officer appears to be hatching a plan to go up to the burn unit and visit Gray in his hospital bed to try and get the blood sample.

“I don’t have a problem with going and drawing the blood,” Payne said. “I know anywhere I go right now in this hospital, I’m going to get a lot of resistance from anybody and everybody but you.”

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3. ‘Use of Force’ Arrests Have Skyrocketed in Salt Lake City, Data Shows

Highcharts.com/Salt Lake City Police DepartmentA screenshot of the ‘Use of Force’ data listed on the Salt Lake City Police Department’s website.

The Salt Lake City Police Department has data on its website that tracks “use of force” arrests within a range, and it shows that complaints skyrocketed at the end of 2016.

The data, listed on the department’s website and compiled by HighCharts.com, shows a record high of complaints at the end of last year.

In May 2016, there were 86 complaints filed to the department about their use of force. That number went up to 89 complaints in June but fell to 70 in July. It reached a high in August with 94 complaints filed and decreased the rest of the year until December, when it received 123 complaints for officers’ use of force during arrests, a high in 2016.

The data are also broken down into the subject of resistance, of which 78.9 percent came from applying handcuffs. Another 6.3 percent came from “defensive resistance.”

Police investigations found that in about 75 percent of those incidents, the use of force was used “to effect arrest,” as seen in the chart below.

HData provided by the Salt Lake City Police Department on ‘Use of Force’ arrests.

The data listed on the website doesn’t yet include use of force arrests in 2017.

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4. Payne Received an Award in 2014 from the Police Department

In 2014, Police Chief Chris Burbank hosted the 34th annual Salt Lake City Police Gala, a ceremony where officers were honored for their role on the force throughout the past year.

Payne received recognition for the part he played in the department’s Property Crimes Unit.

The department merged its Larceny and Burglary department into the single Property Crimes Unit in 2012, which, according to the department’s website, allowed for officers to “more evenly distribute cases to detectives.”

According to the department, from June 2013 until January 2014, the Property Crimes unit handled over 16,000 complaints and 12,854 cases were opened as a result.

Payne and his co-workers received recognition from Burbank for the work they put forth in the unit that led to arrests.

“For outstanding dedication to a reorganization that has improved the investigative process, the Salt Lake City Police Department awards the Police Meritorious Unit Citation to Property Crimes,” Burbank read at the ceremony.

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5. Payne Attended Weber State University & Works at an Ambulance Company When off Duty

According to his LinkedIn Profile, Payne attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. His profile says he studied to be a paramedic and work in emergency medicine while working toward his associates degree.

Weber State’s Emergency Cary and Rescue Department offers students certifications and associate degrees in emergency medicine. In order to be considered an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, students must take a one semester, six-credit course that includes taking the National Registry Paramedic Test.

Later in Payne’s bodycam video, he can be heard speaking to other officers about how the incident could potentially affect his off-duty job at Gold Cross Ambulance.

“I wonder how this will affect my Gold Cross job,” Payne says. “I bring patients here.”

Another officer replies, “Yeah, I don’t think they’re going to be very happy with it.”

Payne responds: “I’ll bring them all the transients and take good patients elsewhere.”

Somebody asked why Payne was so insistent on getting a blood sample from the burned driver. This is because he and another police officer conducted an improper chase of the suspect’s vehicle. They broke protocol for no reason, and their actions led to the crash. They’re trying to cover their @sses, hoping to prove the guy was on drugs or drunk. All they need is evidence they took a sample — they can then doctor the evidence. This is why cops always arrest anybody who questions them — if you’re arrested, they can paint your criticism of them as defense of your own (non-existent) crime. They’re just criminals with badges, and Trump wants to give them military hardware.


 on: September 02, 2017, 05:54:31 PM 
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Policeman 'dragged' nurse out of hospital after she refused to allow blood to be drawn from unconscious patient

A Utah nurse says she was scared to death and "trying to find anything to hold on to" when a police officer dragged her from a hospital and handcuffed her for refusing to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient.

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Nurse Alex Wubbels followed hospital policy and advice from her bosses when, on July 26, she told Salt Lake City Police Detective Jeff Payne he could not get the blood sample without a warrant or consent from the patient, her lawyer Karra Porter said.

Police body-camera video shows Ms Wubbels, who works in the University of Utah Hospital's burn unit, calmly explaining that she could not take blood from a patient who had been injured in a deadly car accident, citing a recent change in law.

A 2016 US Supreme Court ruling affirmed that a blood sample cannot be taken without patient consent or a warrant.

Ms Wubbels, a former alpine skier who competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, told Mr Payne a patient was required to give consent for a blood sample to determine intoxication or be under arrest.

Otherwise, she said police needed a warrant — but Mr Payne insisted.
Officer 'attacked me and assaulted me and dragged me'

In an interview on Friday, Ms Wubbels said the officer had then lost his temper and "attacked me and assaulted me and dragged me out of my emergency department".

The dispute ended with Mr Payne saying, "we're done, you're under arrest", before he physically pushed Ms Wubbels outside while she screamed.
Alex Wubbels is arrested
Photo: Nurse Alex Wubbels is escorted out of the hospital by Detective Jeff Payne. (AP: Salt Lake City Police Department/Karra Porter)

She was then pushed against a wall and handcuffed.

Ms Wubbels said she was screaming and "just trying to hold on to anything that was keeping me safe because no-one else was keeping me safe".

    "This cop bullied me. He bullied me to the utmost extreme and nobody stood in his way," Ms Wubbels said.

'This has upended her worldview'

The detective left Ms Wubbels in a hot police car for 20 minutes before realising blood had already been drawn as part of the patient's treatment, her attorney said.

She was not booked or charged.

"This has upended her worldview in a way. She just couldn't believe this could happen," Ms Porter said.
YouTube: Nurse arrested after refusing to allow cop take blood from unconscious patient.

Ms Wubbels said she acted as any good nurse would, following her training and protocols to protect the rights of a patient who could not speak for himself.

    "You can't just take blood if you don't have a legitimate concern for something to be tested," she said.

"It is the most personal property I think that we can have besides our skin and bones and organs."

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a statement: "This is an ever-evolving situation and we will do what is necessary to fully investigate the issue, uphold the integrity of the Salt Lake City Police Department and strengthen the trust with our community."

Mayor Jackie Biskupski added: "We cannot allow an incident like this [to] divide our community or taint the good work of SLCPD.

"When I learned of this unacceptable incident last night, I was outraged an will ensure it is fully and independently investigated so our community can heal."

Both Chief Brown and Ms Biskupski contacted Ms Wubbels to offer an apology, which she said she accepted.

Police spokeswoman Christina Judd said the Utah police department had started an internal investigation within hours of the encounter, and the assistant chief had apologised to University Hospital.

"We're alarmed by what we saw in the video and take it very, very seriously," Ms Judd said.
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Photo: Alex Wubbels said Jeff Payne lost his temper and "attacked me". (AP: Salt Lake City Police Department/Karra Porter)

The patient was a victim in a car crash and Mr Payne wanted the blood sample to show he had done nothing wrong, according to the officer's written report.

The patient, William Gray, is a reserve police officer in Rigby, Idaho, according to the city's police. They thanked Ms Wubbels for protecting his rights.

Mr Gray is a semi-trailer driver and was on the road when a ute fleeing from authorities slammed into him and his truck burst into flames, police reports say.

The police department said the frustrated Mr Payne had called his supervisor and several people went back and forth about the time-sensitive blood draw for more than an hour.

    "It's not an excuse. It definitely doesn't forgive what happened," Ms Judd said.

Mr Payne has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the incident takes place.

He is among a group of officers who are certified phlebotomists, called upon regularly when a blood sample is required for a police investigation.

Mr Payne could not be reached for comment, and a message for the Salt Lake Police Association union was not immediately returned.
Alex Wubbels, right, looks on during an interview while her attorney Karra Porter.
Photo: Alex Wubbels said she acted as any good nurse would, following her training and protocols. (AP: Rick Bowmer)

Hospital proud of how Wubbels handled situation

Ms Judd said the department had updated its blood-draw policy last week in response to the incident, to mirror what the hospital staff uses.

She said officers had already received additional training but were still sorting out the department's response since the law changed.

    "We want to know where something went wrong, what we didn't know, and why we didn't know it," Ms Judd said.

The agency said it had met with hospital administration to ensure the situation did not arise again, and repair their relationship.

"There's a strong bond between fire, police and nurses because they all work together to help save lives, and this caused an unfortunate rift that we are hoping to repair immediately," Ms Judd said.

The hospital said it was proud of the way Ms Wubbels handled the situation, and the nurse's union National Nurses United called the arrest an outrageous act of violence.


 on: August 03, 2017, 02:20:17 PM 
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Body Worn Cameras seeing results across Queensland

Body Worn Cameras for police are seeing a reduction in allegations of excessive force against officers and ensuring more offenders are being brought to justice, Police Minister Mark Ryan said today.

The Minister said that a one-year pre-post comparison of the deployment of BWCs on the Gold Coast identified:

    A 60 per cent reduction in allegations of assault / use of excessive force;
    A 31 per cent reduction in officer use of force; and
    A 39 per cent reduction in complaint investigation time.

“These results show that Body Worn Cameras are having the effect that we knew they would – that is they are not only protecting our police from vexacious and unfounded complaints of excessive force, but they are giving the community an extra level of reassurance that their interactions with police can be reviewed when necessary,” Minister Ryan said.

“It is great to see that there has been a significant reduction in the time it takes to review these complaints as well.

“The Palaszczuk Government will always work hard to ensure the safety of not only our communities but also our frontline men and women.”

Minister Ryan said BWCs were also having a positive impact on bringing offenders to justice.

“The review also found that officers with BWCs are preferring 27 per cent more charges than the year before, attained 36 per cent more guilty pleas and 37 per cent more guilty verdicts,” Minister Ryan said.

“This is fantastic news for all areas involved in the roll out of BWC’s to date, including the Gold Coast, and I have no doubt that we will see similar results across the rest of the state as we continue to roll out more BWCs.”

Commissioner Ian Stewart said the roll-out was the largest of its kind in Australia.

“This is a massive project for the QPS, and is being monitored and coordinated by a dedicated team within the Organisational Capabiltiy Command,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“They address technical, training or procedural issues encountered by police using the technology.

“Of the 2,700 BWCs deployed across Queensland during the Stage One rollout, 95 per cent of them are now in operational use.  The Stage Two rollout of an additional 2,400 cameras commenced on the August 1 and will be completed by December 2017.”


 on: August 03, 2017, 10:32:39 AM 
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A RETIRED police detective has been charged with the armed hold-up of a hotel in Queensland in which $30,000 was allegedly stolen and an employee tied up.

Michael Gordon Gilmont, 58, a former Queensland police officer, allegedly pulled a knife on staff at the Sarina Hotel in north Queensland.

The former policeman, who worked for north Brisbane CIB and the licensing squad, allegedly entered the back of the pub, walked behind the bar and pulled the knife.

Police claim he then took the manager to the safe room, put a pair of gloves on and placed money into a pillow slip.

Wearing a balaclava, baseball cap and glasses, he also allegedly tied the staff member’s hands together with a cable tie.

Other staff ran from the hotel to a nearby newsagency – run by a former police officer – who called the local police.

Police, stationed just 200m away, arrived within minutes and confronted the man as he tried to flee the pub.

The incident last month has shocked the small town of about 5000, south of Mackay.

“He was a talented footy player, a good cop,” a source said. He is understood to have medically retired in 1994 to work as a private investigator.

Gilmont has been charged with robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon, unlawfully detaining a man and one charge of robbery.

He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody.

A mention has been listed for September 14.


 on: August 01, 2017, 01:27:07 PM 
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Queensland police chief Ian Stewart says more arrests, more jail time not the best way to treat crims

ARRESTING more criminals will not make Australia great, the state’s police commissioner says, calling for radical efforts to get the lives of young and minor offenders back on track.

After being reappointed to lead the Queensland Police Service for three more years yesterday, Ian Stewart also said he wanted to look after the “mental, physical and spiritual” wellbeing of the 15,000-strong force.

And the 63-year-old flagged he could seek to serve in the top role for even longer, citing examples of public figures who have worked into their 70s, while confirming for the first time he was forced to reapply for his job.

Asked to outline the main challenges ahead, Mr Stewart cited next year’s Commonwealth Games, counter-terrorism and security, improved technology and stopping crime.

“While we’re happy to play our part and do our job, arresting more people and putting more people in jail is not the answer to making Australia a great nation,” he told The Courier-Mail.

“Part of it is making sure people know there are consequences when they do wrong and that the police will respond.

“But certainly I think as a community we’ve got to look at smarter ways of dealing with people who make minor errors and ones that can be perhaps diverted from the criminal justice system rather than being subsumed by it.”

Police would seek to expand crime-prevention programs aimed at keeping young people out of the criminal justice system.

“Serious recidivist offenders can expect nothing but the strongest reaction from us,” he said.

“But for those people who commit minor crime, who get involved with minor amounts of drugs, there are programs already in place, like the drug courts and diversion programs through courts, where we can start to move people out of the system.”


 on: July 31, 2017, 02:55:46 PM 
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Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart APM

Queensland Police Service Commissioner Ian Stewart APM has been appointed for a new term as Commissioner, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Mark Ryan announced from a Cabinet meeting on the Gold Coast today.

“As Premier, I have worked closely with Commissioner Stewart in the preparation, response and recovery from Tropical Cyclones Debbie and Marcia, the strengthening of police powers and resources particularly in areas of tackling all forms of serious organised crime and counter-terrorism, and the preparations for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,” she said.

“I wanted to ensure we had continuity in the leadership of the Queensland Police Service to and through the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in April next year.

“The Commonwealth Games will be Queensland’s largest ever sporting event and the largest sporting event in Australia for a decade.

“I acknowledge that ensuring this continuity of leadership means the Government has, in this instance, used a closed merit process.”

Minister Ryan said the importance of the Games and comprehensive security preparations associated with it hosting it, meant Commissioner Stewart’s ongoing leadership was essential.

“The Government was determined to ensure the QPS leadership was not subject to what is always a significant transition in the lead up to GC2018,” he said.

“There will be 3500 QPS officers, together with 4200 contract security personnel, over 2000 Australian Defence Force members and 100 officers from the Australian Federal Police to make up a security force of over 10,000 that will work together to ensure the safe celebration of the Games for athletes, officials and spectators.”

Commissioner Stewart was appointed to the role in November 2012, and he has served as a police officer for more than 40 years.

Under the Police Service Administration Act 1990 (Section 4.4), the term of the Queensland Police Commissioner should be “not less than 3 years or more than 5 years”.

Therefore, the Government has decided to appoint Commissioner Stewart to a new term as Commissioner effective from 1 November this year.

Future appointments to the role of Queensland Police Commissioner will be conducted through an open-merit process.

Commissioner Stewart holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Business qualifications and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and Australian Institute of Management.  He is also a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Commissioner Stewart is the recipient of the Australian Fulbright Professional Scholarship, Australian Police Medal, National Emergency Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Medal, Commissioner’s Award for Meritorious Service, Queensland Police Service Medal and the 2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation.


 on: July 31, 2017, 01:25:40 PM 
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Misconduct probe into top cop Mike Condon drags on

AN INTERNAL police investigation into misconduct claims against one of the state’s top cops continues more than six months after an initial complaint to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

As revealed by The Courier-Mail, a string of claims levelled against Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon have been referred to the Queensland Police Service to investigate.

They were made by former detective Dennis Martyn and relate to Mr Condon’s conduct as part of the Daniel Morcombe inquest, scrutinising the police response in the case, in which Mr Condon was head of Homicide.

One claim is that the assistant commissioner colluded with other officers to try to prevent Mr Martyn and another former ­officer, Kenneth King, giving ­evidence, and to find out what evidence would be given to discredit them. Another alleges Mr Condon requested files and personal details about Mr Martyn and Mr King.

The QPS said “investigations by the Ethical Standards Command continue’’.

A CCC spokesman said the watchdog was monitoring the investigation and was given progress reports, the latest received in June.


 on: July 27, 2017, 06:53:30 PM 
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Proposed legislation will allow police to turn smart products into listening devices for surveillance

QUEENSLAND police are proposing new laws that would allow them to turn your internet connected products into listening devices to spy on your conversations.

But it suggests the proposed bill is about conducting surveillance to combat terrorism.

During a Parliamentary committee hearing on proposed legislation, police commissioner Ian Stewart said law enforcement would remotely install spy software on connected devices during a declared emergency when the life, health or safety of a person may be in danger.

“It is not outside the realm that, if you think about the connected home that we now look at quite regularly where people have their security systems, their CCTV systems and their computerised refrigerator all hooked up wirelessly, you could actually turn someone’s fridge into a listening device,” he said, according to the Brisbane Times.

“This is the type of challenge that law enforcement is facing in trying to keep pace with events and premises where terrorists may be planning, they may be gathering to discuss deployment in a tactical way and they may be building devices in that place.

“All of that is taken into account by these new proposed laws.”

While there was no examples of where the Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment bill have been required in recent years, Mr Stewart believes its still important.

Although the nature of terrorism in Australia would pose challenges for the bill, with the police commissioner admitting low-tech violence involving knives, vehicles, firearms or improvised explosive devices were the most likely attacks we would face.

“The threat of a low-tech terrorist organisation-inspired attack is exponentially harder to detect and disrupt,” he said.

“This is further exacerbated through their use of encryption and anonymising tools to make their use of the internet and social media invisible to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.”

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is considering the bill, which is due to report by August 11.


 on: July 21, 2017, 04:34:10 PM 
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Police motorbike crashes into ute on busy Adelaide road

Vision has emerged of the shocking moment a police officer crashed into the back of a ute on a busy Adelaide road.

The 44-year-old officer suffered serious head and arm injuries in the accident, which happened just after 7.30am today, on Grange Road at Fulham Gardens.

Shocked witnesses rushed to help the officer, who was then treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

CCTV obtained by 9NEWS from a nearby business appears to show the motorcycle officer crash into the rear of a Toyota Hilux.

The vehicle had slowed before stopping as its driver waited to turn right across the busy road.

The police motorcycle's lights can be seen flashing after the impact, buts it's not clear if they had been activated beforehand.

Part of the busy road was closed during the morning peak, as expert major crash officers began investigating the accident.

South Australia Police spokesman Inspector Ben Spencer said the incident appeared to be a "general traffic" accident rather than the result of a specific police tasking.

"We are looking at CCTV footage that might be available from the police officer and also other vehicles or other businesses in the area and we're also asking for any witnesses to come forward," he said.

"We will investigate the matter and if charges are appropriate, whether it's against the Police officer or the other driver, we will do what's appropriate."

Inspector Spencer said the injured officer was experienced.

"He has sustained serious and significant injuries to his arms and his head but we are thankful that his injuries are not life threatening.

"Our thoughts are with our injured colleague at this time, he is with his family at the hospital.

"He'd commenced his duty and he was just carrying out his duty as a traffic officer on a motorcycle and he was looking actually at the time at priority roads, those roads that are dangerous."

Video on link

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