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 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 
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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 
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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 
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 on: December 12, 2017, 08:18:39 AM 
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Former cop Chris Hurley's penalty for assaulting a motorist reduced

Controversial former cop Chris Hurley’s penalty for assaulting a motorist he thought called him a “c---” has been reduced after a judge accepted a “direct link” between the offence and his post-traumatic stress disorder.

The former officer, who was acquitted of manslaughter over the 2004 death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomadgee, failed to have the guilty findings on two charges of common assault overturned completely.

But District Court Judge Catherine Muir agreed the sentencing magistrate made a mistake in recording convictions for the crime, after taking into account Mr Hurley’s PTSD and potential difficulties finding work.

The guilty verdict stood but the convictions were no longer recorded.

On November 15, 2013, Luke Cole was in the back passenger seat of his housemate’s car when they drove past a crash on the Gold Coast’s Robina Parkway involving a Mercedes-Benz Kompressor.

“She’s compressed that,” the man said.

But then-Senior-Sergeant Hurley, standing at the accident, thought he heard the word “c---” coming from the car, according to agreed facts.

Mr Hurley jumped in a police car to give chase, driving “fairly quickly”, “changing lanes in and out of the heavy traffic” and driving closely behind the Falcon Mr Cole was in before he pulled over.

“The appellant’s behaviour in leaving a car accident because he thought someone had called him a 'c---', and pursuing the Falcon in the way that he did, was both irrational and erratic,” Judge Muir wrote.

“The entire situation was of the appellant’s own doing.

“It was unacceptable behaviour and revealed a lack of insight and measure by the appellant.

“His conduct was not fitting of a police officer of his long standing. He was an angry man.”

Consultant psychiatrist James Dodd gave uncontested evidence of a “direct causal link” between Mr Hurley’s behaviour and his PTSD, which Dr Dodd submitted was “contributed to” by the death in custody inquiry and subsequent legal cases.

The officer, weighing some 24 kilograms more than Mr Cole, asked the man to get out of the car, which he eventually did.

It was agreed Mr Hurley grabbed him by the throat, later telling a trial the man was “coming at me in the manner that made me feel unsafe” and he saw “aggression and anger in his face”.

But Mr Cole’s friends said the officer was at the car door, shoving the man up against the vehicle, as soon as he got out, evidence which the originally magistrate preferred, although he did not support allegations Mr Hurley kicked and punched the other man.

On appeal, Judge Muir rejected arguments from the former officer’s defence, including that that he may himself have been assaulted or thought he was assaulted.

But she did take into account a “direct causal link” between the assault and the PTSD, Mr Hurley’s seeking of treatment for the disorder and the difficulty the former officer would have finding a job with convictions recorded.

“The relevant features in this case are the appellant’s lack of criminal history, his long service as a police officer and that there is at least a real possibility that the recording of convictions may have an impact on his prospects of finding employment,” she wrote in a judgment published on Friday.

“In all of the circumstances of this case, I consider that convictions ought not to be recorded.”

A $900 fine remained.

Mr Hurley is also appealing a guilty finding made against him in July for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, which saw an $800 fine and six-month licence suspension but no conviction recorded.

Hurley was fined $500 earlier this year for assaulting a former female colleague while she was on patrol at a Gold Coast shopping centre.


 on: December 08, 2017, 07:58:06 AM 
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THE decision by the Gold Coast’s top cop not to pursue misconduct charges against an officer who allegedly leaked confidential data to a bikie has been successfully challenged by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

The alleged offence, reviewed by Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd, involves providing confidential police photos to a bikie over the theft of a Harley Davidson motorbike at Beenleigh in 2014.

The CCC has been successful in getting new evidence ­admitted to reopen the case.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal also ruled the CCC could review Assistant Commissioner Codd’s handling of the case in a disciplinary hearing two years after the theft.

Detective Sergeant Dean Godfrey has been accused of providing details of the motorcycle thief to a bikie gang member, leaving the family of the defendant fearing for their safety.

The CCC will now consider an affidavit sworn by Det Sgt Godfrey in May 2014.

“The motorcycle was stolen from an alleged member of a (named criminal motorcycle gang),” the affidavit reads.

“The defendant’s relatives, with whom he lived were aware the motorcycle was stolen from the (criminal motorcycle gang) member and are in further fear of retribution as a result of the defendant’s ­offending.”

Assistant Commissioner Codd yesterday told the Bulletin he was unaware of Det Sgt Godfrey’s affidavit.

“I made the decision ­properly and regarding the ­evidence before me at the time,” he said.

“If there is additional ­evidence, that should be ­considered.”

The CCC had to apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to have the evidence allowed as a part of new investigations.

Det Sgt Godfrey told the tribunal his affidavit was irrelevant because it related to information provided by the defendant’s family, not what he knew at the time.

The QCAT decision comes after 15 officers were this week referred by the CCC for internal investigations for alleged bullying and the fudging of crime data.

Neither Assistant Commissioner Codd or Det Sgt ­Godfrey were among those referred by the CCC.

Assistant Commissioner Codd yesterday said the matter before QCAT was over two-and-a-half years old and not related to the Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast matters are not new and have been previously reported on over the last 18 months,” he said.

The CCC declined to comment as the matter is still before the tribunal.


 on: December 05, 2017, 08:59:14 PM 
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More than 30 corruption, misconduct complaints against Gold Coast police made to CCC

A total of 33 complaints were made to the Crime and Corruption Commission during the first half of 2017, accusing 15 senior Gold Coast police officers of corruption and misconduct.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the CCC said the accusations included senior police bullying and intimidating other officers to "achieve 'aspirational' performance targets".

Those officers who supported such harassment were then given "preferential treatment in recruitment processes and career development opportunities".

Regarding the complaints surrounding recruitment, the CCC has separately taken action against a senior Gold Coast officer and the matters have been taken before the Court.

Other allegations included a senior officer pressuring junior staff to manipulate crime data and those who refused were then subjected to bullying and victimisation.

The Queensland Audit Office identified some data anomalies and inappropriate practices in its investigation into the reports of data manipulation and the CCC alleges that the officers who assisted with the QAO inquiry were also bullied by senior officers.

However, the Queensland Auditor-General did not refer the matter to the CCC for further investigation and police have taken steps to rectify the data anomalies.

Complaints were also made alleging the Queensland Police Service failed to release information about a bikie brawl on the Gold Coast in December 2015, but the CCC said they had ruled out corruption or misconduct regarding these allegations.

The CCC said in a statement they found evidence to support the remaining claims regarding ongoing campaigns of bullying, victimisation and favouritism, reprisals, negative workplace behaviours and officers failing to properly report misconduct.

The outstanding allegations have been referred back to the Queensland Police Service and Commissioner Ian Stewart has been given the responsibility of follow-up investigations.


 on: December 01, 2017, 03:11:19 PM 
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Operation Papa Guardian boosts police presence on Queensland roads


 on: December 01, 2017, 12:11:15 PM 
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Police launch DayGlo bikes and gear

Queensland Police have today launched their new DayGlo yellow motorcycles and high-visibility motorcycle police jackets to “send a message”.

In launching Operation Papa Guardian for the summer, Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee says “high visibility on the road saves lives”.

“We make no apology for being highly visible,” he said.

Motorcycle police with the new DayGlo livery will patrol the Bruce, Warrego and Cunningham highways over summer “focusing on the Fatal Five”.

“We don’t want to give out tickets today,” he said.

“But we make no apology for enforcing the law.”

Police quotas

He rejected media claims that a police memo suggested that police performance would be measured on the number of tickets issued.

“Since the Fitzgerald Inquiry 30 years ago there has never been and never will be quotas,” he says.

“We would much prefer to prevent crime and make the community safer.”

He said the leaked memo sent to a major Brisbane station “needs to put into context” of management action.

New livery

The new livery motorcycles that replace the old orange bikes and the new jackets will serve a dual purpose of increasing visibility to other motorists of the presence of police and making the motorcycle police safer, says Road Policing Operation Inspector Peter Flanders.

“We had to strike a balance between workplace health and safety on reflective material and making the jackets protective for the rider,” he says.

The jackets were made by G-Moto by Glanda to special Queensland Police specifications.DayGlo Queensland Police

They replace hi-vis reflective vests that were worn over the previous black motorcycle jacket.

“So we can hop off the bike and don’t have to waste time putting on a reflective vest,” he says.

“If we had to give chase while wearing the vest, it would fly up in your face.”
Mandatory gear?

Road Policing Operation Inspector Peter Flanders

Peter says he would like to see riders follow the lead of the police and take responsibility for their own safety with proper motorcycle gear.

But should a minimum standard of riding gear, apart from helmets, be mandated as has been suggested by VicPol?

“In the ideal world yes, but whether we like it or not there is a civil rights issue,” Peter says.

“I’d prefer to see the motorcycle community promote it.”

He compared the use of safety riding gear to drink driving.

“After 30 years of campaigning, the community now thinks drink driving is bad. In the same way, I’d like to see the riding community view riding in shorts and thongs as bad.

“But these things need to be decided within the riding community not imposed from without.”

Bob seems more adamant about setting minimum gear standards.

“There are standards for vehicles, so why not for motorcycle riding gear?

“People need to think responsibly for their own safety,” he says.

Helmet camerasDayGlo Queensland Police helmet camera

Peter says they have spoken “at length” with Transport and Main Roads and studied the Australian Design Rules on helmets in relation to fitting action cameras.

He says they have no problem with small cameras fitted to helmets with clamps, velcro or adhesive, so long as no holes are drilled into the helmet to bolt on the camera.

“Everyone uses them,” he says. “We will take no action against anyone that uses them.

“We wear them for evidence and we quite often get evidence from motorcycle riders against themselves.”

Find out what to do if police ask for your SD card or camera.

Police motorcyclesDayGlo Queensland Police

Peter started riding police bikes in 1987 and has owned 28 bikes in his riding career.

“I have the best job in the world,” he says.

Peter says there are many advantage of using a motorcycle for traffic patrols.

“You can ride between the traffic and see people using phones and not wearing seatbelt and children unrestrained in cars,” he said.

“Motorcycle police have an aura about them that if you get pulled up you know it’s not going to be the best day of your life.

“So adjust your driving behaviour.”

Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating says the new DayGlo motorcycles would play an important part in traffic management for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

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 on: December 01, 2017, 10:48:42 AM 
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Police officer stood down Northern Region

A 50-year-old constable from the Northern Region has been suspended from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

An internal investigation is being conducted into allegations the officer engaged in inappropriate workplace behaviour and practices.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct.  This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Information about the Queensland Police Service Integrity framework can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/reportsPublications/other/Documents/QPS-ESC-Integrity-Framework.pdf.

Information about compliments and complaints can be found at:https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm


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