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Replica Police Toy Guns Found In Alice Springs Showbags

The Central Australian Show Society is ‘gunning’ for showbag safety commitments at next year’s Alice Springs Show after the national consumer protection agency failed to appear this year.

Toy guns resembling police weapons found in showbags at the show held earlier in July led the society to discover the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had not completed product safety checks.

Central Australian Show Society president Rosie Gibbins said every year the ACCC attend the Alice Springs Show to inspect showbags — except this year.

“My initial inquiry was about replica toy guns, they looked similar to what police used, kids were running around with them,” she said.

After her inquiries on Saturday — day two of the show — she realised the commission had not checked the goodie bags.

“It was a shock to all of us including police,” she said.

Read more in NT News.

Source: www.ntnews.com.au

New South Wales Police Officers Warned of Unsafe Work Practice

Police Association of NSW Press Release

The Police Association of NSW is calling on the NSW Commissioner of Police to protect police officers by stopping unsafe work practices.

The NSW Heads of Court have refused to change the current protocol prohibiting police wearing their firearms and appointments in NSW Courts.

Police Association President, Scott Weber, said, “This is an important safety issue raised and campaigned by us over many months, however, our members, the workers and their representatives haven’t  been consulted. 

“The issue is being discussed behind closed doors by lawyers and the Government with no input from the very officers being placed at risk.

“Today we are appealing to the Commissioner of Police to resolve this issue and direct his officers and our members to cease this unsafe working practice. We expect that the Commissioner will continue to support his workers in their efforts to protect themselves and the public.

“We are asking our members who are required to attend court to consider their options to address this unsafe work practice.  There is an option to seek leave to enter the Court while wearing their arms and appointments.

“If leave is not granted, officers should report the matter to their Supervisor and seek a direction from their Supervisor.

“In the interim the Association will continue to consider its available options for resolving this important issue.

“The Commissioner and his executive team have tried to resolve this issue for our members.  Once it was brought to their attention they engaged with many stakeholders in control of Courts and their security, so far without success.  We thank the Commissioner and his team in their efforts so far in seeking a resolution.

“It’s time for the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice and Police to put Police officer safety and that of the public above politics.

“This is a significant safety concern and it has reached a deadlock. We now call on the Premier to intervene and allow the carriage of firearms in all Courts around the state to deliver police, and all those attending Courts around the state, the protection and security they deserve.”

Civilians To Staff South Australia Police Cells

Civilians will guard prisoners in police cells to save money and free up officers for the “frontline”, says SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.

Security guards will take over 42 custodial management roles in police stations, he told a parliamentary committee hearing on Monday.

“Civilianisation of positions…provides benefits in terms of budget savings, but it also means that we use highly trained operational police officers for the function that we need them to be performing,” he later told reporters.

Civilian solicitors are already being trialled in SAPOL’s legal service.

But he said he had “no intention” of privatising any part of the police force.

Read more in The Australian.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Ed – perhaps this is not the best decision.

New South Wales Police Will Soon Be Allowed To Take Firearms Into Court

NSW Police officers will soon be able to wear their guns at court, after a year-long battle with the Attorney-General’s department.

The imminent decision comes after a campaign by the NSW Police Association to strengthen security at major trials, particularly those involving terror suspects and bikies.

The announcement was to be made today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant and Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton but was still to be signed off on last night.

Police have been increasingly concerned about the threat of a terror attack on the court system in the past two years where officers have traditionally not been allowed to wear take their weapons unless granted special permission by the magistrate in high-risk cases.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Angry Motorist Arrested for Following Gold Coast Police Officer Around Southport

A man has been arrested for following a police car for more than 15 minutes around Southport yesterday.
The officer, who had fined the man earlier, was forced to call for back-up when the frustrated motorist started following him. “He’s obviously got some issues, he just can’t let it go,” the officer said while travelling along Ferry Road.
Another police crew intercepted the man on High Street and arrested him.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Queensland Ditches Plan To Use Civilians For Watch Houses And Prisoner Transports

Hundreds of police could be put back on the front line and up to $20 million saved each year under a new watch-house model that has been mothballed by the State Government. The Sunday Mail can reveal Labor has shelved plans to shift responsibility for watch-houses and prisoner transport from police to corrections officers despite “big long-term benefits”.

The Queensland Police Union wants officers to retain watch-houses. President Ian Leavers yesterday said “lives would be lost” if civilians were in control.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said police “actually run the watch-houses leaner than what Corrective Services are able to under their current policies”.

Read more in Courier Mail (with a grain or two of salt).

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Not So Obvious Police Stress


The following  essay was written by Ronald Terry Constant. “Not So Obvious Police Stress” rethinks the stress that most impacts a police officer. Contrary to what television would lead you to believe, police officers are debilitated by factors other than danger such as bank robberies. These insights are important to citizens as much as to officers, after all, citizens put guns on the people who are being affected by these stressors.

Continue reading Not So Obvious Police Stress

Margaret River Firearm Theft Leaves WA Police Concerned

Police are issuing a caution to all gun owners in Margaret River following the theft of three high-powered guns over the weekend. 

A 12 gauge shotgun, .22 Magnum and .223 rifle were stolen from a Margaret River property along with shotgun and magnum ammunition.

No .223 ammunition was stolen but this could be acquired for the weapon.

Police are suggesting gun owners to contact a local firearms dealer if they will be away for a long period and arrange to store guns with them.

Read more in Margaret River Mail.

Source: www.margaretrivermail.com.au

Novelty ‘Please Shoot Me’ iPhone Cases Still Available For Sale Around The Worldwide

Police in the US have blasted this plastic iPhone accessory saying this is an accident waiting to happen. 

Ebay and many other places still sell these useless devices for as little as $5, making them within easy reach of children and teenagers.

Law enforcers in New York are taking the sale of the phone cases so seriously, they have issued a warning against their sale, branding them a “death trap”.

Police and anti-gun advocates worry it could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

One former cop told the New York Daily News said the cases were “the stupidest, most dangerous thing I’ve ever seen.”

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Police Stress Costs Thousands of Working Days In Scotland

More than 53,000 working days at Police Scotland were lost to stress in the past two years, according to figures released on Sunday as the scale of the crisis engulfing the force’s call-handling operation became increasingly apparent.

The figures, obtained from Police Scotland through a freedom of information request by Scottish Labour, also show that between January and March this year over 10,000 working days were lost due to stress, an increase of 84% compared with the same period last year.

Read more in The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com