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Queensland Labor ‘Goes Soft On Crime’: Cuts New Station and Patrols in Pacific Pines

Pacific Pines – the Gold Coast’s fastest growing suburb will not get a police station and weekend patrols by two officers based at the neighbourhood beat are unlikely to resume. Continue reading Queensland Labor ‘Goes Soft On Crime’: Cuts New Station and Patrols in Pacific Pines

Push for a New NSW Police Station In Inverell

Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, has stepped up his campaign for improved law and order facilities in Inverell, using a speech in State Parliament to call on the NSW Government to construct a new 24-hour police station and install modern audio visual technology in the town’s local court house. Continue reading Push for a New NSW Police Station In Inverell

New Jersey Police Association: Christie Politicizing Police With ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’

Chris Christie - Governor of New Jersey
Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey
From the too-little-too-late-department:

The New Jersey state police association rejected a move by Gov. Chris Christie to make tomorrow “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,” accusing the Republican presidential candidate of politicizing police to gain traction in the national polls.

Continue reading New Jersey Police Association: Christie Politicizing Police With ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’

Police Association NSW Calls for Removal of Senator Leyonhjelm Following Appalling Comments

Wanderers fans taunt police and security during a match at Parramatta stadium in February. Photograph: Quentin Jones/AAP
Wanderers fans taunt police and security during a match at Parramatta stadium in February. Photograph: Quentin Jones/AAP
The NSW police union says that comments made by Western Sydney Wanderers fans calling police ‘bastards’ should not have been repeated by a senator.

Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm, while addressing the media on Tuesday outside an inquiry, referred to a term used by the A-League club’s fans: “All Cops Are Bastards”.

“Now cops earn that, they have to unearn it,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

Police Association NSW president Scott Weber on Wednesday morning called for Senator Leyonhjelm’s removal, labelling the comments “appalling” and “an outrage”.

“The senator is completely out of step with community views and needs to be removed immediately,” Mr Weber said.

“The senator, by repeating those comments and backing them up, is not acting how any elected official should behave. Such attitudes and vitriol are, and always will be, an affront to community decency and values,” Weber said.

Source: The Australian.

WA Labor Calls For Prison Officers And Paramedics To Receive The Same Protection As Police

West Australian prison officers bitten or spat at would receive the same protection as police officers under a new state Labor policy.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said prisoners who lash out at guards should take a mandatory blood test so victims don’t spend months waiting to find out if they’ve contracted a disease.

Announcing the plan at the WA Prison Officers Union Conference on Thursday, Mr McGowan said new laws would also include paramedic staff and other at-risk medical professionals.

“This is a question of fairness,” he said.

“There is no reason prison officers should not be afforded the same protection as police officers, when they face similar risks on a daily basis.”

Source: www.themercury.com.au

Police Comm Centres In Mt Isa and Innisfail To Be Shut Down

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to backtrack on the decision to close down police communication centres in Mount Isa and ­Innisfail.

It comes after Ms Palaszczuk overruled Police Commissioner Ian Stewart over plans to shut down the communications centre in Ipswich.

Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Stewart didn’t consult her on the plans to shut down the centres in Mount Isa and ­Innisfail.

The Together Union has lodged an industrial relations dispute over the planned ­closure of the centres.

Read more in Townsville Bulletin.

Source: www.townsvillebulletin.com.au

Ipswich Police Comms Move Spat Is A Battle Of ‘Passionate’ People

Ipswich people are “passionate” Annastacia Palaszczuk said, falling back on her favourite word to describe a ruckus to explain a fallout between her police minister and the Ipswich mayor.

A decision by the Police Commissioner to relocate police communication centre staff from the state’s oldest provincial city to Brisbane has sparked a war between Ipswich Kingmakers Jo-Ann Miller and Paul Pisasale.

There was a promise of “no net loss” of positions, but the move, part of a cost effective move to upgrade technology at a centralised comms hub, would mean some people would need to transfer to the capital to follow their job.

At first, Ms Miller said the move was part of operational procedures for the QPS.  But as anger escalated and blame shifted, the magic word consultation was dropped into the mix.

“My view is that there needs to be more consultation when it comes to transferring the communication centre,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Ipswich Comms Feud: Paul Pisasale Refuses To Meet With Police Minister Jo-ann Miller

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has refused to meet with Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller and accused her of being out of touch with her local community over suspended plans to close a police communications centre in the city.

After his public criticism of the plans, Ms Miller said the mayor should “stick with curbing (sic) and channelling” and the mayor pleaded for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to step in.

A day later, his wish was granted when Ms Palaszczuk pulled rank and ordered more consultation before a final decision was made.

While Cr Pisasale was somewhat placated by the Premier’s intervention, he refused to meet with Ms Miller and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart on Thursday as tensions continued to simmer.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Ipswich Mayor In Twitter ‘War’ With Police Minister Over Police Comms Staff

A public war of words has erupted between Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and Queensland police minister Jo-Ann Miller over the government’s decision to close the Yamanto police communications centre.

The escalating spat played out over airwaves, through news sites and over social media on Wednesday, as more than 100 police officers protested the decision to relocate 27 police emergency communications job to a centralised Brisbane centre.

Frontline police believe the move will put lives at risk in the area, with the potential for local reference points to be misunderstood.

The decision to close the busy Yamanto communications centre has met widespread condemnation from senior rank and file police but has the support of their chief, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.

“It’s a fact of life that changes are inevitable in the way police do their jobs,” he said.

Ms Miller insisted she had not abandoned her electorate but that the decision to close the centre was in the best interests of the state.  

“We cannot have a situation whereby it is dangerous in Ipswich with this old technology,” she said.

However, the move does not have the support of her Labor colleague Jennifer Howard, the member for Ipswich.

“I know they believe they have made the right decision but as the member for Ipswich I feel it’s a decision detrimental to our community,” she said.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au