Tag Archives: Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Man Acquitted After Molotov Cocktail Attack That Burnt Police Officer

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A Canberra man who set fire to a police officer’s leg with a Molotov cocktail has been acquitted of criminal charges because of mental impairment. Continue reading Canberra Man Acquitted After Molotov Cocktail Attack That Burnt Police Officer

Army Vet Assaults Police While Breaking Out His PTSD Companion Dog From a Shelter

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A former Australian soldier allegedly assaulted police and an RSPCA inspector after breaking his companion dog out of a shelter. Continue reading Army Vet Assaults Police While Breaking Out His PTSD Companion Dog From a Shelter

ACT Police Minister Simon Corbell Says Predecessor’s Resignation ‘Unprecedented’

New ACT Police and Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell has described the incident that led to the resignation of his predecessor as “unprecedented”. Continue reading ACT Police Minister Simon Corbell Says Predecessor’s Resignation ‘Unprecedented’

ACT Police Minister Joy Burch’s Chief of Staff Resigns Over Approach To Police

ACT Police Minister Joy Burch’s most senior adviser has quit after it was revealed she briefed a powerful construction union boss about a meeting between Ms Burch and the territory’s chief police officer. Continue reading ACT Police Minister Joy Burch’s Chief of Staff Resigns Over Approach To Police

ACT Government Worried About the New Facial Recognition System

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In September the government promised to put $18.5 million towards the creation of a national facial biometric matching capability for law enforcement agencies.

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Police Remembrance Day: NSW, ACT Police Gather At National Memorial To Remember Fallen Colleagues

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New South Wales and ACT police will gather in Canberra today as part of Police Remembrance Day to reflect on colleagues who have been killed on duty.

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ACT Government Strengthens Child Sex Offender Register

The Australian Capital Territory government is beefing up police powers to monitor child sex offenders, including new powers to force offenders to hand over digital information and be photographed.

Police will also be given the power to publish photos, names and identifying details of child sex offenders if they fail to report to police as required or if they are believed to pose a risk.

The proposed changes were tabled in the ACT Parliament on Thursday by Attorney-General Simon Corbell, who said the new rules were justified to protect children and their families.

Police will be able to apply to include historic offenders on the sex offenders register – a rule that applies to people convicted before the 2005 register was set up. The decision will depend on when the offence was committed, its seriousness, the offender’s age and the risk he or she poses.

Mr Corbell said the government did not support a publicly available child sex offender register. Such moves in the United States had not had a demonstrable impact on re-offending, nor on the type of sexual offences.

Read more in Canberra Times.

Jail Sentence for Stun Gun Disguised As Phone Overturned On Appeal

A Canberra woman convicted of possessing a stun gun disguised as a smart phone has had her jail sentence overturned on appeal.

The ACT Supreme Court this week ordered the three month suspended sentence imposed on Bertha Elizabeth Chatfield, 45, by Magistrate Robert Cook be set aside.

Chatfield was instead ordered to sign an 18-month good behaviour order.

The decision, by Chief Justice Helen Murrell, said a police raid on Chatfield’s home located the stun gun, which looked like a smart phone, in a drawer of her bedroom.

The magistrate determined the offence had been medium range of objective seriousness.


Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Credit Card Knives At Canberra Airport Behind Arrest Rise

Credit card knives have been seized at booming rates across Australian airports this year, with 20 times the number of 12 months ago.

Labelled the latest fad by one criminologist, Canberra Airport’s problem with the streamlined knives has tripled in just the last six months.

The disguised knives and live ammunition were also among the main reasons behind the tripling of arrests or cautions at Canberra Airport in 2014, figures released under freedom of information laws this week showed.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Organised Criminal Groups Becoming ‘Harder’ for Police To Detect

Police believe an organised criminal group was behind a series of similar growhouses police found in rental properties across Canberra.

Cannabis grow houses uncovered across Canberra were likely the tip of the iceberg as police moved to crack down on increasingly “fluid” criminal groups making inroads into the capital, an organised crime expert said.

ACT Policing flagged more properties would be raided in coming weeks after officers found more than 900 cannabis plants at various stages of maturity during raids on eight properties.

Police believed the same group of criminals used false identification to lease the properties before they set up the extensive grow houses and brought other people in to look after the crops.

Australian National University visiting fellow Clarke Jones said while terrorism and the ice scourge had dominated police efforts in recent years, it would be “naive” to think Canberra was isolated from the drug trade and organised criminal networks.

“The police can only do what they can do and there’s a correlation between police numbers and the number of detections. If you increase police numbers, you increase the number of detections.

“So therefore I would suggest there would definitely be more [grow houses].”

Read more in Canberra Times.

Source: www.canberratimes.com.au