|THE SOBERING REALITY OF OPERATION UNITE |
Operation Unite, an annual national police blitz on drunken violence coordinated by the Australian New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), is being held this weekend. Police will be out in force on both Friday and Saturday nights conducting overt and covert licensing operations, random breath testing and additional police patrols.
Operation Unite highlights the ongoing action undertaken by police every weekend all over Australia and New Zealand. It is also an opportune time for us as individuals, friends and family to rethink our drinking habits and consider the unacceptable behaviour that stems from a culture that accepts and encourages excessive drinking. With one third of Australians drinking to get drunk, police are often left to deal with the violent, anti-social behaviour resulting from excessive drinking.
SAPOL is aiming for Operation Unite to continue the success of the Late Night Trading Code of Practice which has seen an almost 20 per cent drop in offending in the Adelaide CBD since its introduction on 1 October 2013.
Read more at SA Police News.
MOMENTS IN TIME
This year SAPOL is commemorating 175 years of policing in South Australia in a variety of ways - including the weekly publication of historic photos courtesy of the South Australian Police Historical Society. Today, early speed detection devices are on our radar.
This week's photos depict SAPOL's early radar detection devices, which were the forerunners to the speed detection cameras introduced in 1987. Radar detection devices made their first appearance in Adelaide in 1962 and our photos, although undated, are probably from around that time. From left to right we see Senior Constable Lynton Reeves with radar equipment labelled as the "French set" and then a focused Senior Constable G Poynter on duty with a radar unit. Finally, two officers look around as a curious crowd draws in to take a closer look.
View this and other stories from SAPOL's rich and diverse history in our Moments in Time.
|EMERGENCY+ APP LAUNCHED |
A free Emergency+ app has recently been launched by emergency services across the country. The app, which can be downloaded free to smartphones, Android and iOS devices, helps people pick the right emergency number to call for help in emergency and non-emergency situations and to pinpoint their correct location.
Developed by the national Triple Zero Awareness Work Group (of which SAPOL is part of), the Emergency+ app allows people to call Triple Zero and identifies their location via GPS tracking. Currently the app requires users to first call 000, the State Emergency Service or police 131 444 line.
If the caller is unsure of their exact location, they are asked if they have the app on their smartphone and if they can then verbally read out their exact latitude and longitude GPS coordinates from the app.
With approximately 66 per cent of all incoming calls to Triple Zero now made from mobile phones, this app takes away all the guess work. Not only will it reduce the stress for a distressed caller struggling to explain where they are, it will also enable call-takers reduce the time taken to establish locations, allowing them to move quickly on to the next incoming emergency call.
Read more at SA Police News.
|EXPIATION NOTICE REVIEW GUIDELINES RELEASED|
Recently access to safety camera photos was placed on line and mobile safety camera practices were released. To provide greater transparency in the expiation notice process SAPOL have now released public guidelines for expiation review processes in one document that can be downloaded.
This document précis the policies and practices that SAPOL apply when reviewing an expiation notice. It also provides advice on what information is required when submitting a review.
SAPOL is committed to transparency. To find out more download our Expiation notice review guidelines document.
MOMENTS IN TIME
This year SAPOL is commemorating 175 years of policing in South Australia in a variety of ways - including the weekly publication of historic photos courtesy of the South Australian Police Historical Society. Today we pedal back in time to the 1920s when the Foot Police Bicycle Corp patrolled the city.
This week's photo shows the Corp on the Torrens Parade Ground in 1920. Cycle forward through the years and patrolling on bicycles is again an established way for modern police to get out and about and mix with the crowds, with approachable bicycle patrols helping to manage special events. They will be seen out and about in the city over the next five days as crowds flock to Adelaide Oval to enjoy the Ashes test match.
View this and other stories from SAPOL's rich and diverse history in our Moments in Time.
DRIVING DOWN CAR THEFT
SAPOL's Crime Prevention Coordination Unit has launched 'Hands Off', a new crime prevention initiative to drive down car theft and theft of property from motor vehicles.
Developed in partnership with Crime Stoppers, the 'Hands Off' campaign delivers two key messages: 'There's No Joy In This Ride' and 'No Gear Kept In Here'.
Police encourage vehicle owners to send a clear message to opportunistic thieves by affixing a distinctive 'Hands Off' sticker to their car. 'Hands Off' stickers can be obtained by contacting the Crime Prevention Section at your local police station. You can also book a presentation for police to attend your community group to discuss motor vehicle security.
There are some simple precautionary measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of your vehicle and property being stolen. Download this fact sheet for a number of helpful and practical suggestions.
|BLUE LIGHT CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY FOR YOUTH |
Six young South Australians recently enjoyed a valuable character building experience at the annual International Blue Light Youth Leadership Camp. Selected from nominations received from across the state, the teenagers joined team leaders Senior Constable Kerry Rouse and Senior Constable First Class Paul Scicluna in Maldon, Victoria where they gained new skills and great friendships during the five-day event.
First held in 2011, the International Blue Light Youth Leadership Camp brings together young leaders from across Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands and Solomon Islands to undertake an intensive camp aimed at strengthening their leadership skills to embrace future challenges.
James Bransden, Michael Goldfinch, Bailee Holmes, Brittany Nai-Smith, Cole Smith and Patrick Wilondja represented South Australia at the camp, where they competed against five teams from Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand in challenges that required them to step outside their comfort zone.
The camp also featured activities such as a tree-top adventure walk and an 'Amazing Race' style activity through the city of Melbourne, culminating in camp graduation at the Victorian Police Academy.
Further information about Blue Light and its many activities is available on the website.
|POLICE HEADQUARTERS ATTAINS GREEN CREDENTIALS |
South Australia Police Headquarters (PHQ) is the first building in South Australia to be awarded the trio of Green Star Certifications - Office Design, As Built and Office Interiors. It joins an exclusive club of only five such buildings in Australia to achieve the pinnacle in environmentally sustainable design (ESD).
PHQ has recently achieved its final certification of green credentials with an Office Interiors Rating to complete the triple rating.
The building's green credentials were generated through indoor environment quality, water and energy efficiency throughout the building's design, construction and fitout, providing SAPOL with one of the healthiest and most sustainable buildings in Australia.
SAPOL worked closely with staff and the developer to achieve the purpose-built PHQ to ensure SAPOL's current and future needs are well catered for.
PACT TO THE RAFTERS WITH AWARDS
The Elizabeth Neighbourhood Policing Team's (NPT) positive impact on the local community through the innovative Police and Community Together (PACT) program has been recognised with success at the Playford Alive Local Heroes Awards.
The brainchild of Elizabeth NPT member Senior Constable Jason Hill, the PACT concept brings together local community members, government agencies, local businesses and community groups with the intent of reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in a specific area.
The PACT program was bestowed the 'Service to Community: Group/Organisation' award for generating a renewed sense of civic pride in the Playford Council Area. This has been achieved through establishing a youth and community club, creating a community garden, upgrading a local playground and various other initiatives to improve the relationship and trust between police and the community.
Senior Constable Hill's leadership and tireless effort in driving PACT saw him take home the coveted 'Service to Community: Individual' award.
Photo: Constable Adam Osborne, Senior Constable Jason Hill, Constable Luke Horjus and Constable Tristan Fantinel with the awards.
Read more at SA Police News.
|SAPOL RELEASE MONTHLY CRIME STATISTICS|
South Australia Police (SAPOL) has released the state and Local Service Area (LSA) crime statistics for October 2013 which can be found on this site by clicking on the crime statistics button in the information bar to the right.
MOBILE SPEED CAMERA OPERATING PRACTICES DOCUMENT RELEASED
SAPOL's mobile safety camera program aims to reduce the risk of road trauma by slowing traffic through changed driver behaviour. Evidence shows that speed is a contributing factor in over 30 per cent of crashes on South Australian roads. Small reductions in speed can result in a much larger percentage reduction in road death and injury and the extent of road trauma. It is known the risk of a casualty crash in suburban streets doubles for each five km/h above the speed limit a driver allows.
This transparent approach to speed detection was recently highlighted by the introduction of online access to safety camera photos. Now SAPOL has released its operating practices for mobile safety cameras.
To find out more download our Mobile Safety Camera Operating Practices.
|COMMUNITY CONSTABLE IS OUR LOCAL HERO |
Coober Pedy Senior Community Constable Dean Walker has won South Australia's Local Hero Award for his efforts to improve relations between police and Aboriginal communities in the state's Far North.
A lynchpin in the Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta communities, Senior Community Constable Walker has shown excellence in bravery, sensitivity and cultural awareness. His community involvement includes coaching sporting teams to bring together young and old Aboriginal men and helping indigenous offenders to get their lives back on track.
The highly respected officer was responsible for delivering SAPOL's Aboriginal cultural awareness program, which increased members' cultural knowledge of indigenous issues. He continues to use his advocacy, communication and leadership skills to connect the local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to influence society for the better.
Senior Community Constable Walker is now in the running for the Australian of the Year Awards to be announced on the eve of Australia Day in January 2014.
Read more about our local hero on the Australian of the Year Awards website.
|A LIFE SAVING PARTNERSHIP|
There was an outpouring of emotion and support for Police Dog Koda when he was stabbed twice in the chest during an incident at Elizabeth Vale on Sunday, 25 August. As Koda's life hung in the balance, the team at the Animal Welfare League (AWL) not only hoped for his recovery, they hoped they could help to ensure that if a similar situation arises, the dog handlers will be equipped to provide initial first aid to their dog at a time of need.
Working with the Dog Operations Unit and with professional advice from AWL's resident vet, the AWL team put together a compact first aid kit fitted with essential items to bandage and prevent blood loss from any wounds a police dog may sustain if injured in the line of duty.
Each kit includes vet wrap bandage, dressings, saline solution, antiseptic, scissors, forceps and a shock blanket all contained in a pouch small enough to fit into a dog handler's pocket.
After recovering from his life threatening injuries, six-year-old Koda returned to active duty last month. He was at the AWL on Wednesday along with his handler, Senior Constable First Class Simon Rosenhahn, to receive a number of the specially-designed first aid kits.
Read more at SA Police News
|SAPOL's ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13|
South Australia Police's Annual Report for 2012-13 was tabled in Parliament on 29 October 2013.
The Annual Report covers:
- SAPOL's Vision and Strategic Direction 2012-15
- Items of Interest
- Policing Activities
- Crime Trends
- Public Safety
- Crime and Criminal Justice Services
- Road Safety
- Organisational and Financial Information.
The Annual Report is now available for downloading.
ARSONISTS MAY BE PRACTICING IN YOUR LOCAL AREA.
DON'T LET THEM PERFECT IT. REPORT IT.
The Fire Danger Season can be an anxious time for many South Australians, especially those living or working in rural areas. Fires can be started by a range of causes, some natural and some accidental, but unfortunately a large number are deliberately lit. By being vigilant and reporting the signs of deliberately lit fires we can work together to stop arson burning a trail of destruction through our communities.
Operation NOMAD, SAPOL's response to the threat of bushfires in South Australia, this year includes a new arson prevention campaign with the theme: 'Practice makes perfect. Arsonists may be practicing in your local area. Don't let them perfect it. Fires can kill. Report it'.
Arsonists are known to often ignite small fires, practicing their methods before escalating to larger and potentially more devastating bushfires. What may appear to be a seemingly insignificant fire may hold vital evidence and demonstrate an arsonist's pattern of crime.
Police should be notified of ANY fire remnants you may see on walking trails, roadsides, in parks, etc. If you see signs of burnt out spot fires or anything suspicious - no matter how insignificant it may seem - immediately call the Police Assistance line on 131 444.
If you have information about arsonists or their illegal activities, report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.
For information about how to help prevent arsonists targeting your home, business or school contact the Crime Prevention Section at your nearest police station or view the fact sheets.
Read more at SA Police News.
SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON BLUE LIGHT STALWART
Kangaroo Island's Carina Willson is the worthy recipient of this year's South Australian Citizen's Award presented by The Lions Club of the City of Adelaide and South Australia Police.
The award acknowledges a member of the public who performs extraordinary service to assist South Australia Police in the performance of our duties. Ms Willson, who was nominated by South Coast Local Service Area, is the heart and soul of the Kangaroo Island Blue Light Dive Camp Initiative and has been the driving force behind the success of the initiative since 2002.
Her sole reason for participation is to provide an opportunity for young people and her organisational skills, drive and commitment ensures the camp is run efficiently and safely. Her personal selfless qualities showcase the spirit of citizenship and volunteering which the award embodies.
GET CRIME PREVENTION SMART
SAPOL has refreshed its suite of crime prevention booklets, covering personal safety; home security; and business security.
The booklets contain updated and new crime prevention information which you can use to protect your home, business and your family.
The fresh look and feel has been adapted to a series of over 40 crime prevention fact sheets which are a great quick reference guide for simple crime prevention tips.
Download the crime prevention fact sheets and booklets. Copies of the crime prevention booklets are also available from Local Service Area Crime Prevention Sections.
|SAPOL KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY |
Operational police in Elizabeth Local Service Area will be the first to trial hand-held computer tablets as part of a 12-month trial across SAPOL to commence in February 2014. Announced by Premier Jay Weatherill, the $1.7 million trial will enable police to enter data into SAPOL's computer systems without having to return to a desktop computer in the police station, thereby saving time and increasing the capabilities of patrols.
The use of hand-held computer tablets will also reduce travel time, allow other officers access to information more rapidly and improve the frontline capabilities of police.
The 12-month trial ensures SAPOL remains at the forefront of modern policing by moving to capitalise on the technological advances in mobility and improve capabilities to optimise investigations and responsiveness.
Read more at SA Police News.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO PREVENT CRIME
The latest issue of SAPOL's magazine, Blueprint (PDF 13.8 MB), is out now. In this issue you can read stories about our people, their achievements and key issues affecting SAPOL including the Transit Services Branch's crime prevention initiatives.
A significant restructure of the Branch in July 2012 resulted in an extra 28 police officers patrolling trains, trams and buses. It also saw the creation of two Tactical Teams, an Investigations Unit, a Crime Prevention Section, Transit Policing Teams and additional general patrols.
The restructure has been just the ticket for increased police visibility on all transit routes and a more rapid response to crimes on public transport. Transit Services Branch has also been at the forefront of effective crime prevention initiatives with the use of Facebook and CCTV to derail offenders, and the graffiti removal program which has put the writing on the wall for first-time offenders.
Read more about the success of Transit Services Branch in Blueprint.
A GUIDE TO KEEPING YOUR BICYCLE SAFE
Keeping a firm grip on your bike when riding is a basic rule, but you also need to keep a good handle on it when you are off it as well. South Australia Police has teamed up with Watch SA and Bicycle SA to develop a 'Bicycle Passport- A guide to keeping your bicycle safe', providing simple security steps for cyclists to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
The passport works by asking bicycle owners to write down identifying features and take a photograph of the bicycle to make it easy to identify if stolen. Crime prevention tips also urge owners to 'lock your bicycle effectively - always lock your bicycle's frame and both wheels to a secure object.' Help to protect your bike by following the advice in this passport.
Download a copy of the Bicycle Passport or contact your Local Service Area Crime Prevention Section.
|THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF JUSTICE |
The current issue of Blueprint (PDF 13.8 MB) contains stories about our people, their achievements and key issues affecting SAPOL. Each week we're highlighting some of these stories, including the role of DNA evidence in solving cold cases.
DNA technology now plays a role in more than half of arrests and reports from crime scenes in South Australia. Samples were first entered into the state's DNA database when the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Act (CLFPA) came into operation on 25 July 1999. There are now more than 105,000 reference profiles and in excess of 17,500 scene profiles on the Forensic Science SA DNA database as forensic technology links more offenders to crime scenes than ever before.
DNA evidence proved to be the vital missing link in solving the cold case assault and rape of an 81-year-old woman in October 1993. A DNA match 15 years after the incident resulted in the arrest of Peter Tasman Cannell who is now serving a non-parole term of six-and-a-half years. In a landmark case, Cannell was convicted based on DNA evidence, with no testimony from the victim who passed away in 1997.
Read more about this case study and the role of DNA evidence in Blueprint.
|ROAD SAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT |
SAPOL is proud to be part of a collaborative approach to reducing road trauma, with the launch of the Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016 at the Road Safety Centre on 15 August.
The Plan is integral to South Australia's Road Safety Strategy 2020 - Towards Zero Together, and aims to reduce the state's annual road toll to less than 80 fatalities and 800 serious injuries by 2020.
SAPOL has a prevention-first approach to improving road safety by deterring dangerous driving through police presence on the roads, enforcement and investigation activities and contributing to educating the community about safe road use.
As a key contributor to the Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016, SAPOL is committed to working together with government and private organisations and the wider community to reduce the suffering caused by road trauma and ensure everyone is safe on the state's roads.
The Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016 can be downloaded from the Towards Zero Together website.
|A THOUSAND REASONS TO THANK OUR VOLUNTEERS |
Benny Pit was recently honoured as the first member of the Police Volunteers Program to have provided 1,000 hours of service. The public relations volunteer at Elizabeth and Salisbury police stations was presented with an engraved plaque and certificate in recognition of his milestone by Commissioner Gary Burns.
Mr Pit performed his first shift with SAPOL at Elizabeth Police Station on 3 August 2010, along with 29 other public relations volunteers. Today 10 of those initial 30 are still making a valuable contribution in the volunteering team.
The Police Volunteers Program began in 2010 with the recruitment of 157 people. The program has now grown to 343 volunteers, with more than 35,200 hours contributed to SAPOL over the past three years.
Volunteers are not only involved in public relations where they provide an extra layer of service at police stations. They also play a vital role in areas such as Blue Light, Puppy Development Program, South Australian Police Historical Society, the school program and as role players and police chaplains.
For further information about SAPOL's Police Volunteers Program contact the State Coordinator on 7322 3216 or 7322 3217 or visit the website.
BLUEPRINT ISSUE 2 2013
The latest edition of SAPOL's magazine, Blueprint (PDF 13.8MB), is out now. In this edition you can read stories about our people, their achievements and key issues affecting SAPOL including:
- Commemorating 175 years of policing in South Australia.
- A change of Tac with the new State Tactical Response Group.
- Transit Services Branch - on the right track to prevent crime.
- DNA cold cases - the building blocks of justice.
- Road Safety Centre provides a new direction for road safety education.
- South Australia Police Officer of the Year - Sergeant John Illingworth.
- Taking aim at illegal firearms for a safer community.
- Cadets inspired by their course's Community Patron.
- SAPOL staff going to great depths with their passions outside of work.
- Benefits flow to the community from new Murray Bridge Police Station.
|POSITIVE RESPONSE TO ONLINE FINE PHOTOGRAPHS|
Community feedback has been overwhelmingly positive in relation to SAPOL providing direct online access to photographs for speed and red light camera infringements.
High quality colour images from SAPOL's 109 fixed speed and red light cameras and 18 mobile speed cameras can be viewed online together with black and white images from the 13 Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure Safe-T-Cams which detect unregistered and uninsured vehicles.
|TRAVEL SAFETY GUIDE TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK |
With the revitalisation of the rail network well underway, SAPOL's Transit Services Branch has produced a timely reminder for the travelling public who access the Adelaide Metro network.
The Travel Safety Guide is a handy pocket-sized guide containing valuable safety tips and information for commuters using public transport.
The guide is available from the Adelaide Metro Info Centres located on the corner of Currie Street and King William Street in the city and at the Adelaide Railway Station. You can also download a copy of the guide here.
'WHERE IS?'... PROPERTY THEFT PREVENTION
SAPOL's 'Where is? Property Theft Prevention' posters aim to raise the community's awareness about securing personal property when out and about.
Licenced premises, including hotels, cafes and restaurants can be seen as an easy target for the theft of handbags, tablets and mobile phones.
This campaign poses the question to people, 'Where is?' their personal property to remind them to take care of their valuables when out and about.
Posters should be displayed in highly visible areas, such as café and hotel entrances, outdoor dining areas and amenities to maximise the visual reminders to customers.
To obtain posters for your business contact your Local Service Area Crime Prevention Section.
|HISTORIC POLICE BEARS TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY|
A limited edition 'historic police bear' is now on sale as part of SAPOL's commemorations for 175 years of policing in South Australia.
Dressed in the original 1838 uniform of the day, the bear is available for $50 (plus postage).
All profits from the sales will go to SA Police Legacy, which helps the families of any SAPOL officer who dies either while in service or in retirement.
The historic bears are available from all branches of Police Credit Union, the South Australian Police Historical Society and the Police Legacy office (telephone 8232 5513).
With only 500 available, they are sure to sell out quickly.
For keen arctophiles (those who collect teddy bears) Police Legacy also has the new SAPOL bear available for sale.
Dressed in the new dark blue uniform, the bear can be yours for just $30.
Either bear will ensure that your next teddy bears' picnic will be a safe and peaceful event.
|HISTORY MADE AT THE POLICE ACADEMY|
On Sunday, 28 April SAPOL commemorated 175 years of policing in South Australia with an Open Day at the Police Academy.
Around 5,000 people enjoyed the event, which showcased the new Police Academy training facility and featured community engagement and displays from a diverse range of SAPOL areas demonstrating their role within the organisation and value to South Australia.
A major highlight of the Open Day was the Foundation Day Ceremony which tracked the development of SAPOL over the past 175 years and included a re-enactment of the swearing in of South Australia's inaugural 20 police officers in 1838.
The popular Open Day was a highly successful follow-up to the commemorative street parade, which enthralled onlookers in the city on Friday, 26 April. View photos here.
These events are just the start of a year of festivities to be held throughout the state as SAPOL commemorates 175 years of service to the community. To further whet the appetite for police history, SA Police News is publishing a number of historic policing stories sourced from the South Australian Historical Society. The first instalment is available here.
|DELIVERY OF A NEW SHOP THEFT PREVENTION STRATEGY|
'Prevention First': Crime Prevention Coordination Unit delivers a new Shop Theft Prevention Strategy.
'How will you be leaving the store today?'
The aim of the Shop Theft Prevention initiative is to engage potential shop theft offenders by causing them to rethink their behaviour.
The poster is designed to be displayed in highly visible areas, such as entrances, change rooms and point of sales in any retail business. This will assist to maximise the opportunity to prevent shop theft crime.
The shop theft crime prevention posters are available through Local Service Area Crime Prevention Sections.
|SOUTH AUSTRALIA POLICE-|
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2012-2015
Commissioner of Police Gary Burns has released the South Australia Police (SAPOL) Strategic Direction 2012 - 2015. The Strategic Direction 2012 - 2015 is the guiding document for the delivery of policing services to the community with the SAPOL Vision to provide "A visible, responsive police service for all South Australians".
The Strategic Direction has eight main goals, as the key elements of a visible and responsive police service. It describes how these goals will be achieved, through four main areas of focus. These target police visibility and availability, community contact, engagement with our people and innovation to maximize effectiveness and responsiveness.
Read more about the South Australia Police Strategic Direction 2012 - 2015.