Category Archives: Opinion

Support Your Local Police And Push For A Boost In Staffing

Community vigilance is needed to help keep the Fleurieu’s people safe. But it is also the responsibility of South Australian Police and the government to keep a watchful eye on the Fleurieu and boost our police numbers as the population increases, and if crime does too.

For two robberies, at Goolwa Priceline and Bank SA, to take place in broad daylight along the south coast in less than a week is shocking.

Kudos most go to the local police who caught those responsible just hours after each robbery occurred.

An increase in population, lack of job security and the increase of drugs in society are factors that can result in more crime. As was seen in 2013 during a spate of crime in Goolwa, the community called for an increase in police numbers and it was granted.

While there is nothing the general punter can do to stop such acts [robberies] occurring, we can all make it our responsibility to look out for others.

By keeping in contact with people and making it known that you are watching and care, you help build trust in the community.

Read more in Victor Harbour Times.

Opinion: Calling for Standards and Code of Ethics to Govern Digital Forensics

Those involved with determining the relevance of digital evidence are sometimes ill-equipped to make such assessments.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I am neither a digital forensics practitioner nor do I play one on television.

I am, however, a professor in, and former chair of, an academic department at a research university that houses a graduate program in computer (digital) forensics I helped design. In 2011, I co-founded a computer forensics research center at my university. Finally, for more than 10 years, I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses on professional ethics for criminal justice and digital forensics students.

These experiences helped me to identify a glaring issue in the field of digital forensics: a lack of professional and ethical standards governing practitioners. And as digital forensics gains prominence in the legal landscape, the lack of agreed-upon standards is a big problem.

What is digital forensics?

Digital or computer forensics involves the identification, recovery, analysis and presentation in court of relevant information taken from electronic devices such as computers and cellphones.

That information becomes digital evidence presented in court and designed to tie together people and events in time and space to establish causality for crimes or civil wrongs.

For example, imagine the police arrested a suspect on charges she murdered her husband by poisoning him. The police will seize and examine the suspect’s computer to uncover incriminating evidence such as the suspect’s history of visiting web pages that deal with poisons. Once retrieved, the prosecutor will likely introduce that evidence to gain a conviction.

Digital evidence is not trivial. If it leads to a conviction on criminal charges, the defendant may face prison time. In a civil case, it can lead to a defendant having to pay monetary damages. And the police officers, technicians and private contractors who testify in court about digital evidence can be the difference between justice served and justice denied.

Read more at Time.

Queenland Police Officers Leaving Because of Low Pay, Says Queensland Police Union

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Hundreds of police are quitting every year to take on jobs in the mines, occupational health and safety, security and other emergency services, with reasons including they feel underpaid.

Almost 1150 officers left the Queensland Police Service in the past three years, according to figures.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said he was not surprised by the large number of police quitting.

“Morale is at its lowest point in the 25 years I have been a police officer,” Mr Leavers said.

The Gold Coast’s top cop has sensation­ally quit the force to join the security team for the Commonwealth Games.

Superintendent Des Lacy is a career police officer who has been acting as the Gold Coast District Officer for the past two years.

Supt Lacy will join the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) in the high-profile role of security manager late next month.

Supt Lacy is the latest in a growing list of senior Gold Coast police officers to leave the Glitter Strip.

Related: First Year Police Officer Salaries

Read more in The Australian.

Clive Palmer Looking To Imprison Police Officers For ‘Death Penalty Tip-offs’?

Police officers who endanger Australians’ lives by tipping off their counterparts in countries where the death penalty is used would face up to 15 years in jail under legislation to be introduced into Parliament by Clive Palmer.

True Blue Line: our view is that the officers cannot have their hands tied behind their backs when fighting to keep dangerous drugs and drug dealers off our streets.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Police and Philanthropy

In 1742, the magistrate Henry Fielding founded the first effectively full time and professional police force in London. The group was formally attached to the magistrate and worked out of his office and court at No.4 Bow Street, travelling nationwide to arrest criminals and serve writs, despite being only intermittently funded. The citizens saw a great need to uphold the order, morals and national values, and the philanthropists of the time deemed it critical to support the notion of “redemptive police”.

 

In eighteenth century London, the term “police”, related to the word “polished”, referred to the maintenance of a civil order, a civilised society, and a refining process. The police was the practical, consensual expression of a society’s social arrangements, mores and beliefs. The notion of police came to include all those items of importance to the national welfare not completely or adequately handled by public officials. The needs of police encompassed series of political hopes and aspirations that many publicly minded and prolific social commentators, as well as the hosts of ordinary citizens who in a sense they represented, thought central to the maintenance of England’s role in the world and her peace at home.

 

There was a general consensus among those involved in charitable activities about what sort of society they wished for Britain. Charitable societies maintained that their efforts would promote the national policies because a good national police was not to be achieved solely by politicians, but by publicly concerned, philanthropically minded citizens. They promoted the incarceration of criminals, quarantine of prostitutes, and rescue of poor children for placement with respectable foster families.

 

Now more than ever, we can all contribute to policing efforts: from donations and volunteering, spreading the stories about the good work done by police, to supporting the officers and their work (including helping them prevent crime and suffering and assisting with whatever needs they have in their routine work).

 

References:

 

Donna T. Andrew. Philanthropy and Police: London Charity in the Eighteenth Century. Princeton University Press, 1989. pp. 6-7, ISBN 9781400860630

Wikipedia contributors. Bow Street Runners, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bow_Street_Runners (accessed April 18, 2015)

 

Photo: The Illustrated Police News

Further reading on London Police history in general:

 

London Lives – Policing

Beattie, John M. Early Detection: The Bow Street Runners in Late Eighteenth-Century London. In Emsley, Clive and Shpayer-Makov, Haia eds, Police Detectives in History, 1750-1950. Aldershot, 2006, pp. 15-32.

 

Beattie, J. M. Policing and Punishment in London, 1660-1750: Urban Crime and the Limits of Terror. Oxford, 2001.

 

Harris, Andrew T. Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authority in London, 1780-1840. Columbus, Ohio, 2004.

Why a lack of sidearm options at agencies is hurting female cops

As more and more civilian women join the world of competitive shooting and gun ownership, the industry has solved the most common gun issues that inhibit poor firearms performance for women: guns are being made smaller, trigger pulls are lighter, and aftermarket grips are available to suit smaller hands. Read more here.

Source: www.policeone.com

Ed: Not all size fits all, furthermore the agencies need to adapt to each individual’s needs.

Virginia Cops tell their side of the story

CNN’s Chris Moody tries out a police training simulator to better understand the split-second decisions cops face in potentially deadly situations.

 

“Too often people guess about what it is to be a police officer. There is another side. A human side on the cop side.” That’s precisely what the law enforcement community wants to highlight:

Indeed, after a few rounds down in the basement, the untrained participant becomes attuned to the possibility that at any time the actors can attack before you can ever hope to respond. And that’s one realization this group hopes to provide: In the heat of the moment, the decision to use force is hardly ever clear-cut. (Ed – emphasis mine)

Source: edition.cnn.com

Editor: We would like to see more stories like these; from the point of view of those brave men and women risking their lives daily to protect the citizens.