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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
8:43 am

About 50 unlicensed drivers had their vehicles impounded for 28 days yesterday and employers were caught up in the crackdown under new laws that allow police to confiscate vehicles regardless of who owns them.
Police seized the first vehicle in the northern suburbs an hour after the new laws took effect at midnight.
And officers at a blitz in South Guildford yesterday morning did not wait long to nab their first motorist.
He was behind the wheel of a Hosemasters work truck despite being on a court-ordered suspension.
Hosemasters national general manager Glen Haddon said it had strict policies to ensure driver and vehicle safety but the case had slipped through the cracks.
A 20-year-old who was caught while driving a Jiffy Foods van claimed he had not known his licence was suspended.
Jiffy Foods base manager Jan Weller said the company would lose business with a truck off the road.
“We’ve already lost sales this morning and let customers down,” she said. “I am going to have to get all my drivers checked.”
Motorists caught without a licence or misusing an extraordinary licence will lose the vehicle for 28 days, even if someone else owns it.
A second offence could lead to the vehicle being impounded for up to three months and a third could mean the vehicle is confiscated to be crushed or sold.
The laws target motorists who lose their licence for an offence such as drunk or dangerous driving or loss of points — not non-payment of fines.
Assistant Commissioner Steve Brown said almost 18 per cent of the drivers in fatal accidents in WA last year did not have a valid licence and police hoped to cut the road toll by taking such drivers off the road.
Mr Brown said police would release a vehicle early only if the owner could prove exceptional hardship.
Towing and storage for 28 days costs about $900.
Offenders who do not pay the fee will lose their vehicles.
Drivers can check their licence status at www.dpi.wa.gov.au/licensing or ring 1300 720 111

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
9:24 am
Really... a little over-kill innit?


A police station in Perth's north has been firebombed and extensively damaged after a utility was driven up to the front doors and set alight.

Police are looking for a man who witnesses saw running from the scene after the Holden Rodeo was torched outside the station's reception area at about 10.30pm (WDT) on Monday.

Police said up to a dozen police who were inside the Joondalup station at the time of the attack were unhurt.

The station is a large regional headquarters in Perth's northern suburbs.

While most of the station remained intact, the reception area and surrounding offices were gutted in the blaze.

Police said the Holden Rodeo was backed up to the front doors of the station and set alight.

They said they found a tank containing flammable liquid in the back of the ute, which they believe was used to fuel the fire.

Some days - I wonder what on earth eejits out there are thinking about.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
10:19 am
Passers-by rescue officers under attack

About 10 people didn't just stand by when a policewoman was attacked with her own baton in Sydney - they stepped in to save her, police say.

Speaking on Sydney radio this morning, Bankstown Commander Dave Darcy said the 28-year-old man - under the effects of the amphetamine ice - had raised the baton above his head and was moments away from striking the prone officer when the bystanders  intervened in Sydney's west yesterday.

"He picked up that baton and raised it above her head and was just about to strike the officer ... [when] fortunately a whole lot of bystanders came to our assistance," Superintendent Darcy said.

The bystanders, including a man who ran across six lanes of traffic to help the policewoman, helped to restrain the 28-year-old until more police arrived and were able to arrest him.

The incident took place about 3pm, after the two female constables were called to a car dealership on Woodville Road, Chester Hill, following reports of the 28-year-old man acting strangely.

According to Superintendent Darcy, when the officers arrived the man "declared that he was going to make it difficult" for them, and despite trying to talk him down, he became more aggressive.

"He became very aggressive and struck out at the police.

"They used capsicum spray to no effect and that's something we see quite often with ice. They then struck the person numerous times with the batons, [which] had no effect whatsoever."

The 28-year-old then tried to tear one of the officers' guns from her holster, and during that struggle the constable was thrown to the ground and hit her head on a car in the yard.

Her baton fell from her hand and that was when the man picked it up and was about to strike, before being restrained by onlookers.

The 28-year-old was taken to Bankstown Hospital for psychiatric treatment. It is expected he will be charged upon release, police said.


Monday, August 6th, 2007
3:19 pm
Interesting view on policing in media

Is it just me, or does it seem that the media here in Australia is kinder, more supportive, and less likely to second guess the motives and actions of the police, than the American media?

It seems to me that there is less trial by media, less public harrassment and embarassment of the local police... are our own police better behaved - do they invite less attention? Or is our media more supportive, and doesn't seem to follow the agenda of undermining the police?

If it's the media choosing not to degrade the public opinion of the police.... is this because they are state funded, and therefore more politically dicey to mess with - afterall our media does know which side of the bread is buttered... and tend to be 'supportive' of the local political powers....?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, July 19th, 2007
9:49 am
Police Officer Shot - Qld

Full article here

A police officer shot dead overnight yelled a warning to his partner as he was fired on by a gunman at a house in north suburban Brisbane.

Constable Brett Irwin, 33, died and the gunman was this morning in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head. It is still unclear how the man was shot.

A tense two and a half hour siege followed as police tried to safely secure the release of two women and two children who were in the house in Regan St, Keperra.

For the entire time, Const Irwin's motionless body lay in the front yard of the house and his colleagues did not know if he was dead or alive.

Const Irwin and his partner went to the home at 10.50pm (AEST) on Wednesday to speak to a man about a warrant for breaching bail conditions.

Shortly after arriving, Const Irwin was shot in the chest.

He reportedly called out to his colleague, "He's got a gun. I'm hit" before dying in the front yard of the residence.

Const Irwin's partner immediately backed off and called for help.

The Critical Emergency Response Team and negotiators were sent to the scene and stormed the premises at 1.30am when the bodies of the officer and gunman were found.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
10:57 am
Application sites for Australian Police services
Western Australia
(Note. WA has open days in next few weeks for cadets (last year high school) entry)


Australian Federal Police
(Note ... ACT 'state' police are AFP)

South Australia


New South Wales


Northern Territory


Quarantine Service advertises their jobs on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website... here

(Not listed in any order other than the google search engine one... don't accuse me of being WA-ist :P)
10:17 am
Woman juror listened to MP3 player under hijab

A FEMALE Muslim juror has been arrested in Britain after allegedly listening to an MP3 player under her hijab headscarf during a murder trial, police said today.

The woman in her early 20s was spotted by a fellow juror listening to music as she was meant to be helping try the case of a pensioner accused of bludgeoning his wife to death after 50 years of marriage.

She could now be charged with contempt of court and, if convicted, may be punished with an indefinite jail sentence and an unlimited fine. 

Rest of article

Nice one. Nothing like a little attention to the detail!  All that effort to bring something to court, to have it ignored.

Current Mood: cranky
Monday, December 11th, 2006
6:45 pm
Some links I've found useful/interesting

A wealth of all sorts of odd research, useful stuff, thing I just wanted to know.

Want the research on Armed Robberies and Media reporting?  Want to know about Alcohol and Police Culture?   What about the deinstitutionalising of the mentally ill - what impact is this having on Policing?

Lots of handy stuff... see!   http://www.acpr.gov.au/publications.asp

For the creepy ones out there: 
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 176: Stalking: policing and prosecuting practices in three Australian jurisdictions

International Police Journal

a site full of police links, aussie based http://www.policensw.com/index.html

More later

6:15 pm
Time to get this show on the road!
and hopefully make the community meaningful for someone.

I'm looking to be a police officer. In the last six years I've lived in 4 states, and 4 capitals. So I know a little about the recruitment process in each.

My plan was to join in Perth, except the big bad corp i worked for had different plans and offered me a dream career in Melbourne for a silly amount of cash. So off I toddled. For 7mths until they moved the job (and group) to Brisbane.

I've spent the last 5yrs in Brisbane - got over the career with the bad corp, got over the idea of lots of dosh. Decided I'd grown up enough, lived enough, was finally getting close to sensible, and the dream of the Police reignited. Start hunting and digging deeply, took a redundancy, was all but ready to go and I got Ross River Virus - talk about sucky.  Moved to Sydney on a bit of a romantic unexpected whim that is going along nicely.  Recovering from the damn virus - should be clear in about... oh... 10mths.

Currently looking to go into NSW Police through their somewhat arduous, expensive process.

A couple of important points. I am not a cop, but quite clearly desire to be one. I am inspired by Super Troopers.  Blatently.

What do I want in this community?  Interesting discussion, open membership, no num-nuts, Farva's are banned, sense of humour needs to be intact.

Monday, July 17th, 2006
8:03 pm
Time to kick this off
With a laugh at our fellow police in the UK, who seem to have a decent sense of humour.

British police tell boozy women to wear nice knickers
Thursday July 13, 2006
'Ello, 'ello, 'ello, what's all this, then? Police are telling booze-fuelled British women to wear nice knickers and wax their bodies, newspapers reported Thursday.

The latest attempt by the police to get hip with the kids is aimed at hammering home a responsible drinking message to the sort of young lady who might be found blind drunk and vomiting in a gutter after a night out on the town.

"For those of you intent on getting ratted (drunk) this weekend, think," reads Safe! magazine, accompanied by pictures of a scantily-clad woman collapsed on the floor flashing her underwear.

"If you fall over or pass out, remember your skirt or dress may ride up. You could show off more than you intended — for all our sakes, please make sure you're wearing nice pants and that you've recently had a wax.

and more gold:

In January, Avon and Somerset Police plastered baffling messages in "trendy" text message-style patois across rough estates in Bristol, southwest England, warning youths to curb their anti-social behaviour.

"D bil cum arnd hre n wl vzit ur olds if ur messin bout," read one, while another asked: "du ur olds knw whr U r o wot ur doin coz D bil wl tel em."

for more:
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
9:20 am
I'm a member of a number of American police LJ communities, and thought it was time we had an Australian one.

I'm happy for this space to be used any way - so long as it isn't angry/antagonistic or a place for flaming.

I'll probably put interesting/odd ball news, look at finding out info or answers on police related matters and encourage interesting discussions.

I'm not a police officer at present, but intend to be one in the immediate future (QLD state recruitment willing) - I am heavily involved in a number of volunteer emergency organisations, including State Emergency Service, Volunteers in Policing and Emergency Services Cadets.

Good luck, enjoy this space, and hopefully I won't be alone here


Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
10:26 am
Under construction
Give me a day or so folks, and we'll have this singing!
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