A local police station received this question from a resident through the feedback section of a local Police website:
"I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?"
In response, a Sergeant posted this reply:
First of all, let me tell you this... it's not easy. In the rural area we average one cop for every 505 people. Only about 60 per cent of those cops are on general duty where we do most of our harassing.
The rest are in non-harassing units that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents. At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60 per cent of general duties are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty. So, roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 6000 residents.
When you toss in the commercial business and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 15,000 or more people a day.
Now, your average eight-hour shift runs 28,800 seconds long. This gives a cop two-thirds of a second to harass a person, and then only another third of a second to drink an iced coffee AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to the challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilise some tools to help us narrow down those people we can realistically harass.
PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbour is beating his wife" is a code phrase used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody some special harassment. Another popular one is, "There's a guy breaking into a house." The harassment team is then put into action.
CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or drivers with no licences and the like. It's lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.
LAWS: When we don't have phone or cars, and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "statutes". These include the Crimes Act, Summary Offences Act, Land Transport Act and a whole bunch of others... They spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people. After you read the law, you can just drive around for a while until you find someone violating one of these listed offences and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, the book says that’s not allowed. That meant I had permission to harass this guy.
It is a really cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty well. We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because, for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some people.
Next time you are in the area, give me the old "single finger wave". That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can harass me." It's one of our favourites.
A uniformed policeman approached me in a Melbourne coffee shop yesterday just after I got back from Canberra. He seemed more frustrated and disillusioned than angry.
After he shook my hand, and thanked me for our campaign for tougher sentences, he explained his mood. He’d just heard about that man who walked free from Dandenong Magistrate’s Court after deliberately running over a policeman and smashing into an ambulance and police car outside a McDonald’s at Heatherton.
Fawad Raoofi, 28, of Mentone wasn’t sentenced to one day in jail after leaving police officer Patrick Bolger with broken ribs and continuing health problems.
Raoofi’s excuse: He was high on ice and couldn’t remember his violent behaviour.
Imagine getting picked up drink-driving and then claiming as your excuse that you were drunk and couldn’t remember doing it. Too pissed to be convicted of the crime.
No wonder coppers are fed up after risking their lives, doing the hard work, and getting dangerous crims to court only to be betrayed by weak magistrates and judges.
Raoofi, an Afghan national, was in a stolen car in which he’d committed other crimes.
The magistrate did ban him from driving – for two days. He said he needed his licence because he was his mother’s carer.The softie on the bench bought that one too.
Fawad Raoofi should be sent back to Afghanistan. He’s negated any refugee compassion. DH
After work I went to the store to pick up a few things.
While checking out, the cashier, looked at my name tag and said, "So what do you do there?"
I replied, "I'm a nurse."
She continued, "I'm surprised they let you work there like that. What do your patients think about your hair?"
She then proceeded to ask the elderly lady that was in line behind me, "What do you think about her hair?"
The kind older lady said, "Nothing against you honey, it's just not for me."
Then the cashier continued to comment that they didn't allow that sort of thing even when she worked fast food and that she was shocked that a nursing facility would allow that.
Well, here's my thoughts. I can't recall a time that my hair color has prevented me from providing life saving treatment to one of my patients. My tattoos have never kept them from holding my hand and as they lay frightened and crying because Alzheimer's has stolen their mind. My multiple ear piercings have never interfered with me hearing them reminisce about their better days or listening to them as they express their last wishes. My tongue piercing has never kept me from speaking words of encouragement to a newly diagnosed patient or from comforting a family that is grieving.
So, please explain to me how my appearance, while being paired with my cheerful disposition, servant's heart, and smiling face, has made me unfit to provide nursing care and unable to do my job!
REPORTS SUGGEST, THAT THE POLICE ARE NOW SAYING IF YOU SEE A DOG LOCKED IN A CAR IN HOT WEATHER TAKE A PICTURE OF DOG AND CAR , IF A PERSON IS WITH YOU GET THEM TO BRING UP WEATHER FOR YOUR AREA ON THEIR PHONE SO YOU CAN SCREEN SHOT THE TEMP, CALL 000 THEN BREAK WINDOW , THIS WAY YOU SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND IT GIVES THE POLICE THE PHOTO EVIDENCE TO TAKE OWNERS TO COURT. CAN EVERYONE PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION TO PREVENT THIS CRUEL ACT FROM HAPPENING.
1/3 of our aged Aussie pensioners are living below the poverty line. 1.9 million working visa's here in the country, 600,000 Aussies between 17-25 unemployed. Nearly 2 billion worth of aged care cuts over the next year. OMG!!! Look After our Own backyard first. Halve the Foreign Aid budget and working visas immediately!!!!
Brett Peter Cowan has had his murder conviction appeal dismissed. All legal avenues have now been exhausted. After 12 years 3 months and 5 days, Daniel can now rest in peace. Congratulations Bruce & Denise. - R.I.P DANIEL MORCOMBE.