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 on: January 14, 2018, 07:24:42 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Police call for hidden speed cameras to be removed

QUEENSLAND’S frontline cops have called for an end to “sneaky” covert speed cameras they say the public see as simply cash cows for the State Government.

Police union boss Ian Leavers said his officers were tired of suffering abuse as “revenue raisers” and has called on the State Government to ditch the unmarked or unmanned camera trucks, vans and trailers and put more police on the roads.

The police appeal has been backed by the state’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, which said its members hate the hidden cameras which drivers believe just put cash in government coffers.

The state’s fleet of 18 covert cameras snapped 106,000 unhappy drivers last financial year, compared to 163,000 from marked cameras, contributing $132 millions in traffic camera fines to government coffers.

With the state’s cameras at their worst picking up a fine as often as every 39 cars passing them, there’s little escape for Queensland motorists.

Mr Leavers wrote to both sides of politics during the election campaign asking for a commitment for no more unmarked or unmanned speed camera vehicles or trailers.

“Police receive significant criticism from the public and are accused of being ‘revenue raisers’ when unmarked speed camera vans and unstaffed speed camera trailers are deployed,” Mr Leavers wrote to both Labor and LNP during the election campaign.

“We ask for a commitment to the end of using these ‘sneaky’ devices so that we can regain public confidence.”

Mr Leavers said police wanted a commitment “not to introduce any more unstaffed speed cameras, nor to introduce any more covert unmarked speed camera cars, trucks and vans.

“Essentially we are asking for all mobile speed cameras, vans, trailers, cars and trucks to be staffed by police at all times and to be clearly marked with police decals,” Mr Leavers said.

Police Minister Mark Ryan this week pushed the question of ending the cameras to QPS but said there were no plans to take them off the road.

“The deployment of speed cameras is strictly an operational matter for police and the QPS has indicated there is no plan to phase out the use of unmarked mobile speed cameras,” a spokeswoman said.

“The Palaszczuk Government supports the hard work our police do every day on our streets to enforce the speed limits and other road rules that demonstrably save lives.

“There have been too many fatal crashes caused by speed and we are committed to providing police with the resources they need to prevent these tragic accidents.

“The Palaszczuk Government has committed to not civilianising or outsourcing policing duties.”

The QPS said it “has no plan to phase out the use of unmarked mobile speed cameras.”

“The use of unmarked mobile speed cameras is just one of a suite of measures employed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) aimed at reducing the state’s road toll,” it said in a statement to The Sunday Mail.

dding to driver frustration, of the almost 500,000 fines collected in the 2016 calendar year, more than three-quarters, 373,000, were ‘mum and dad’ speeders in the lowest speeding bracket, doing 13kmh or less over the limit.

Point to point speed cameras, which the RACQ supports, picked up a far higher percentage of higher speeders, collecting 45 per cent of their fines for drivers doing 13kmh-20kmh over the limit.

The RACQ’s Steve Spalding said covert cameras derailed any road safety discussion because motorists believed they were simply revenue raisers.

He said the peak motoring body wanted more police on the roads because they didn’t just monitor speed but general driver behaviour.

Just the presence of a marked police car on the road slowed drivers down, he said.


RUSSIAN-born property developer and multi-millionaire businessman Lev Mizikovsky says speeding fines are doing Queensland police no favours.

The founder of Tamawood Homes and keen motorbike rider Mr Mizikovsky said police were relying on outdated technology to detect speeders.

Just this week, Mr Mizikovsky was given a speeding fine while riding his motorcycle along Ipswich Rd at Annerley. He said there was no way he was doing 75km/h in the 60km/h zone and is going to challenge it.

He said the speed-detection devices only told police officers a vehicle was over the limit, not which one.

If there was a motorbike rider like him among the traffic, they got the fine.

“When you are on a motorbike you automatically get the ticket,” Mr Mizikovsky said. “They have to judge who is getting the ticket and they judge it is the motorbike.”

Mr Mizikovsky said while his fine was not from a camera, he did not doubt they suffered from the same problems.

He echoed calls for the covert cameras to be dropped, saying it would help end criticism of police.


 on: January 09, 2018, 01:42:53 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Police accuse judges of giving criminals light sentences to avoid deportation

SOFT-TOUCH judges are handing down lower sentences to foreign crooks so they can avoid deportation, leaving them in Australia to reoffend, according to the Police Federation of Australia.

It is calling for all violent criminals on visas to face deportation.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who has been strongly critical of the judiciary, said the allegations were concerning and he was considering the recommendation.

New figures also show half of the 1284 non-citizens deported last year were Kiwis.

PFA boss Mark Burgess said New Zealand police sources had told him more than half of those were reoffending within two years – though NZ authorities say it is closer to 30 per cent.

Under tough laws introduced in 2014 anyone in Australia on a visa who is sentenced to 12 months or more in prison faces mandatory cancellation of their visa.

Mr Burgess, who heads up the organisation which represents 60,000 police in all states, said it was hearing anecdotal evidence from members that judges were handing down sentences of less than 12 months to avoid triggering the provision.

He said anyone convicted of violent crimes, such as carjacking, serious assault and home invasion, should be referred to the Department of Immigration for a review of their visa regardless of the penalty imposed by the courts.

“If nothing else, it would weed out of our community people who might be a threat to our citizens,” he said.

“If it’s happening and it appears perhaps it is ... we say if it’s a crime of violence it should be reviewed anyway.”

Last month The Courier-Mail revealed magistrate Joan White talked openly in court about ensuring Iranian refugee Behzad Bashiri did not lose his visa before giving him a suspended ­sentence.

Mr Dutton said it would be a concern if judges or magistrates were reducing sentences to avoid visa cancellations.

“Through the cancelling of visas held by criminals we have made Australia a safer place and the Government is happy to consider more recommendations to improve the law to make our citizens even safer,” he said.

Earlier this month he said judges should “reflect community standards”, while he has previously accused Labor-appointed judges of handing down soft sentences.

Queensland Chief Justice Catherine Holmes this month said parliamentarians should curb their criticism of controversial sentences or risk damaging the public’s confidence in the judiciary.

After New Zealand, the UK is the next highest country of origin for non-citizens facing deportation, with 137 British criminals facing deportation from Australia.

After this it is Vietnam with 48 and Sudan with 37 people facing visa cancellation due to crimes.


 on: January 07, 2018, 02:34:46 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
WA Police officers keep jobs despite criminal convictions

MORE than eight out of 10 WA cops convicted of crimes over the past several years have been allowed to keep their jobs.

An internal database obtained by The Sunday Times reveals 105 police officers were charged with 279 offences between 2013-14 and 2016-17.

Of those, 79 officers ended up with convictions for 213 crimes.

Nearly 85 per cent of those officers were allowed to continue in the force. Of those charged and convicted, 13 resigned and five were sacked by the Police Commissioner in “loss of confidence” proceedings.

Many others received internal discipline including warning notices and “managerial action” which can involve reprimands, fines and demotion. The bulk of the 79 convicted cops (87 per cent) were fined by the courts for their transgressions.

Three officers were sent to prison for their crimes, including former cop Dean Matthew Tapper, who was jailed for two years in September 2015 for having sex with a girl under the age of 16.

Two cops were handed suspended prison terms.

Over the four years, four officers were charged with sex crimes against children, including a sergeant accused of indecent treatment of a child in January last year.

About a third of the officers convicted committed traffic crimes, including dangerous and careless driving and drink-driving offences, while 20 per cent were found guilty of illegally using a computer and 16 per cent now have criminal records for assaults.

The highest offending rank was senior constable (34 officers) followed by first class constable (29) and sergeant (18). Three senior sergeants faced charges while one commissioned officer was fined for driving in excess of 0.05 in 2015.

The charges laid against police includes endangering life, stalking, refusing a breath test, disorderly behaviour, restraining order breaches, stealing, assaulting and obstructing public officers.

Other charges ranged from driving without a licence, refusing to leave licensed premises, discharging a firearm, possessing a firearm while affected and pointing a firearm at a person to importing prohibited items, disclosing official secrets and obtaining property by deceit.

Last financial year, 18 officers were charged with offences, a significant drop from the 31 cops charged in 2013-14 and 35 in 2014-15.

Assistant Commissioner for professional standards Nick Anticich said “pro-active” measures such as more officer eduction, mandatory drug testing and improved checks and balances had helped reduce unprofessional behaviour within the police force.

“It is obviously disappointing when an officer, whose primary role is to enforce the law, is charged criminally,” he said.

But he said “not all cases necessitate a penalty’’.

“Some criminal behaviours are such that the officer’s continued employment is simply untenable, such as possessing or using illegal drugs ... officers who maintain the confidence of the commissioner can continue to do their duty in the community.”

WA Police Union president George Tilbury said police officers were held to a higher standard than the rest of the community, and noted the offending rate of 1.22 per cent within the force was lower than the Statewide rate of 1.77 per cent.

“Officers found guilty of a minor offence deserve a second chance and their employment should not be jeopardised if they simply make a mistake that does not call into question their integrity or honesty,” he said.


 on: January 04, 2018, 09:14:22 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Murderers still like knives, robbers continue to have a penchant for guns and burglars don't go anywhere without a mask and a pair of gloves.

The criminality may remain constant, but the pursuers are acutely aware that crooks are also rapidly changing the way they go about their crimes.

And they must follow.

The state's biggest band of investigators – the 1000 detectives based in squads within the State Crime Command – have just gone through rigorous change as senior police look to streamline operations.

The result is a reduction of 11 major crime squads to eight, including the introduction of the "super squad" to investigate all sex crimes and a specific team to battle cyber crime.

"With technological advances and globalisation, the landscape of crime has changed, and the NSW Police Force is evolving the way we target it – this is about providing the community with the best services possible," State Crime Commander Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon said.

"The new structure builds on our previous successes, and importantly, positions the command to address future crime challenges, as demonstrated by the establishment of a dedicated Cybercrime Squad.

"I am confident the new State Crime Command will provide a more agile, coordinated, and professional approach to major criminal investigation in New South Wales."

Assistant Commissioner Lanyon has himself spent years in the command – as a homicide squad detective, the head of the gang's squad and operations director before taking the top job a few months ago.

And he has overseen the abolition of the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, known as MEOCS, and merged it with the Gangs Squad to create the Criminal Groups Squad.

Since the inception of MEOCS 11 years ago, and the Asian Crime Squad before that, the police have said that they focused on "the criminality not the ethnicity".

"But what we are seeing now is a real change in how these organised crime groups work," Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said.

"We now see considerable crossover between traditional groups.

"Take bikies for example. Traditionally they had a hierarchy and did not take in criminals of Middle Eastern or Asian background.

"Now, they will take anyone from any walk of life if they can add something to that criminal group."

The merging of the two sex crimes units had created a "super squad" of 280 detectives to help with a huge workload, which has been added to by increased reporting of historic child sex offences following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

And technological advances meant cyber crime would need its own dedicated unit.

"The squad is made up of both investigators and technical experts and they will be providing assistance right across the board, from organised crime to counter terrorism," Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said.

"It will definitely allow us to continue to develop technology-related strategies."

Former Organised Crime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook will be the new head of homicide, replacing Mick Willing who has been promoted to lead counter terrorism.


 on: December 29, 2017, 08:27:56 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Daemon
It's not new here. I've been snapped a couple of times on the bike over the last couple of years by the mobile speed cameras set up on the side of the road. Have seen them often so I don't see why they say new.

 on: December 29, 2017, 06:41:58 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Rear-facing mobile speed cameras introduced in WA to target motorcycles for the first time

Technology has finally caught up with speeding motorcyclists in WA, bringing to an end their ability to evade the fleet of mobile speed cameras.

Until now motorcycles have been able avoid detection because they are not required to have front licence plates, due to an inability for them to be safely fitted.

Compounding the problem, technology hasn't been sophisticated enough to capture images of rear plates.

That has come to an end with WA Police revealing the first mobile speed cameras in the country that can take images from the front and rear — meaning speeding motorcyclists will be issued with infringements just like any other driver.

In recent years, only red-light speed cameras at selected intersections and some fixed speed cameras on the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways have had the capacity to capture images of rear licence plates.

Three of the new cameras are already operating on WA roads, with another 25 to be deployed by the end of June 2018.

A level playing field for motorists

WA Police Commander Scott Higgins said the new cameras were "pretty close" to being fool proof and a number of infringements had already been issued.

"There are people who think they can get away with speeding," he said.

    "We're saying to them, your chances of getting caught are much higher now.

"Up until now motorcyclists had been able to get away with speeding infringements.

"We know that motorcyclists are overrepresented in our fatal and serious crashes, so this new technology is hopefully going to reduce those numbers."

Police said the new cameras could clock speeds and capture images across six lanes of traffic.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the cameras would create a level playing field between drivers and motorcyclists.

"This is something we've wanted to address for years," she said.

    "We're the first state in Australia to take receipt of this particular technology and I couldn't be more pleased."

"It's been an inequitable situation between vehicle drivers and motorcyclists but it's also meant that some motorcyclists … have believed that they can just get away with speeding and there is no consequence.

"Sadly for many of them the consequence has been the loss of life or serious injury.

"This is about saving lives. If they're going 45 kilometres per hour or more over the limit they run the risk of having their motorcycle seized and being taken effectively off the road."

This year alone, 25 motorcyclists have died on WA roads, with another 19 seriously injured.


 on: December 20, 2017, 06:16:51 PM 
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Semi-Automatic Weapons: Another Step in the Militarisation of NSW Police

As of last Monday, Sydneysiders will have to get used to seeing NSW police officers on city streets carrying military-style assault rifles. The move is just the latest counter terrorism and organised crime measure that’s leading to the ever-increasing militarisation of the state’s police force.

Forty seven officers from the NSW police Public Order and Riot Squad have been issued with Colt M4 Carbines, ahead of the city’s busiest time of year. The armed officers will patrol the city in small, mobile teams.

The semi-automatic rifles are said to be the US military’s weapon of choice. The riot squad’s remaining 50 officers will undergo the 10-day training course in the use of the long-arms in the coming months. And they’ll be issued with their own rifles by June next year.

NSW police minister Troy Grant said at a press conference that some in the community may find it confronting now that police “have a greater capacity in relation to their firearms and their arsenal,” but “the world we live in is changing.”

According to NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller, the firearms will not be seen in regular street patrols “at this stage.” And the rest of the state’s police officers won’t be issued with the rifles at present. But, “it is certainly a possibility” in the future.

Increasing militarisation

The police commissioner said that since September 2014, when the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System level was raised to probable, it’s been necessary for NSW police to think and “deploy differently.”

And the issuing of the military-style weapons is designed to complement the Active Armed Offender Program that all 16,000 NSW police officers have now undergone. The training program that deals with terrorism and mass shooting incidents began back in late 2015.

Initiated in the wake of the 2014 Lindt Café siege and the Paris terror attacks of January 2015, the program marked a change in tactic for police, so that “contain and negotiate” – where offenders are surrounded and encouraged to surrender – is no longer the sole procedure in high-risk situations.

In November 2015, then-acting police commissioner Nick Kaldas explained that in situations where armed offenders are threatening, or taking, people’s lives the decision-making process on how to act needed to be “devolved to a much lower level,” so as to include the people on the ground.

NSW police have invited the press to witness terrorist training simulations that were carried out as part of the program at a supermarket in May, and at Central railway station in October.

“We have a new normal around the world. And we need to adapt our training,” deputy police commissioner Dave Hudson remarked at the May simulation.

Shoot to kill powers

Police commissioner Fuller first announced the introduction of the semi-automatic weapons in July, at the same time that NSW police officers were given new powers to shoot to kill without fear of prosecution.

The Berejiklian government introduced the new legislation to provide the powers. It was rushed through parliament on June 21 with bipartisan support. And the bill was in response to the coronial findings into the Lindt Café siege, which were handed down in May.

The new powers allow police to apply lethal force, when deemed “reasonably necessary” at incidents that the police commissioner has classed as a terrorist act. This can be done to defend a threatened person, but also to “prevent or terminate” a person’s “unlawful deprivation of liberty.”

So, it appears an officer can shoot to kill someone who’s not posing an imminent threat to others. And the bill also provides that “police officers will not incur criminal liability for taking any such police action.”

A power too far

However, the coronial inquiry in no way recommended immunity to officers who apply lethal force. The coroner outlined that “the existing legal framework” was an “appropriate safeguard against unnecessary force being used,” while ensuring an officer is excused when they use such force.

NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge warned Sydney Criminal Lawyers in July that the wording of the bill is so ambiguous that an “obvious danger” is it “allows police to apply lethal force, not just to the alleged terrorist, but to anybody at the incident,” be that “hostages, third parties or bystanders.”

NSW the premier police state

Over the last six years, the NSW Coalition government has introduced a swag of new laws in the name of counterterrorism and organised crime that have been steadily eroding citizens’ civil liberties.

Last month, a bill was passed that allows for an offender’s prison sentence, or period of supervision, to be extend for up to three years, on a reoccurring basis, if it’s suspected they could pose a “risk of committing a future serious terrorism offence.”

And the new definitions of a terrorist offender are so broad that the law can be imposed on an inmate who is merely associated with someone involved in terrorism.

Since May last year, senior police can issue public safety orders without court oversight, banning a person from a place or an event for up to 72 hours a week. And courts can issue directives restricting several aspects of a person’s life, without proof they’ve actually committed or facilitated a crime.

Investigative detention measures allow for terror suspects, as young as 14, to be held for up to 14 days without charge. And a series of new anti-protest laws were enacted in March last year that dramatically increased police powers to counter public protests against mining operations.

A slippery slope

NSW police officers are increasingly showing up in public armed with weaponry and wearing gear that seems wholly unnecessary considering what is actually transpiring out on the streets. And now, certain officers are to be armed with semi-automatic rifles.

While laws are constantly being enacted that infringe upon citizens’ basic rights in the name of a perceived terrorist threat. However, only six people have been killed over the last 20 years in terrorist acts on Australian soil. And three of those people were perpetrators.

It’s really time for those living in NSW to ask themselves whether they’re comfortable handing over the freedoms that they have, whilst state authorities steadily implement measures that are moving towards a police state that will be difficult to dismantle once fully established.


 on: December 20, 2017, 11:33:27 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Running illegal brothels, mixing with bikies and dealing drugs: New South Wales police officers in hot water as damning new report reveals 'rampant misconduct'

    The Police Integrity Commission revealed several officers under investigation
    Supplying drugs, taking bribes, and running with bikies were some allegations
    The report found 1178 complaints against NSW police officers in the last year
    One senior constable was accused of running an illegal brothel in Sydney

Several New South Wales police officers have allegedly been caught with their hands in plenty of illegal activities, a new report has revealed.

The Police Integrity Commission's annual report detailed 1178 complaints against NSW police officers in the last year.

The long list of misconduct allegations facing several NSW police officers includes supplying drugs, taking bribes, destroying and tampering with evidence and associating with bikies.

In one case, a senior constable is facing accusations of being involved in running illegal brothels, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The officer, who was based in the Sydney metropolitan area, was also allegedly receiving large payments from overseas that were transferred into his own accounts.

The Integrity Commission launched an investigation into the senior constable, Operation Snowshoe, in 2015.

The investigation found enough evidence against the officer to able to refer the matter to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commonwealth DPP to consider charges.

In another case, an officer based in Sydney's inner west was found to be giving information to known organised crime figures.

Another officer was under investigation for working as a debt collector.

While the raft of misconduct allegations may be damning, it is not the first time the NSW police force has been subject investigations into illegal activity.

The now historic Wood Royal Commission in 1995 saw 284 police officers named for their role in corruption-related offences, such as bribery, money laundering, drug trafficking, fabrication of evidence, and fraud.

The commission, headed by Supreme Court judge James Wood, sought to determine whether corruption and serious misconduct were entrenched in the police force. 


 on: December 16, 2017, 07:12:52 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Queensland Police deputy commissioner moves on

One of Queensland's top police officers is stepping down after 40 years in the job.

Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing will take leave from today and officially depart the Queensland Police Service in March.

"Brett has taken on a number of significant portfolios over this time and has made a significant contribution to policing in Queensland," Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said on Friday.

Mr Pointing, who plans to seek other professional opportunities, described his career as "wonderful" and said his time as head of the task force targeting Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs was one of many highlights.

He is the third deputy commissioner to leave the Queensland Police Service since the start of 2016.

Former deputy commissioner Peter Martin departed the Queensland Police Service last month to become the state's corrective services commissioner while another former deputy, Ross Barnett, left last year to become the Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner.

Sources say all three are still considered possible frontrunners to replace Mr Stewart, who is speculated to be planning to step down in 2018, despite being reappointed for another three years earlier this year.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers earlier this year said he had been told the commissioner intends to step down some time after the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Pointing's career took him across Queensland with postings in Ipswich, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, Roma, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast.

Policing has been a part of his family, with his brothers, uncle and father, former assistant commissioner Laurie Pointing, all serving.


 on: December 13, 2017, 10:13:19 AM 
Started by angry - Last post by greenkma.
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