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A SPIRITED AND SAFE WAY TO HAVE A GREAT NIGHT OUT

SAPOL is working with the Sammy D Foundation to reduce alcohol related violence through the Great Night Out campaign. A feature of this campaign is the Great Night Out drink coasters which will be used in hotels and gaming venues, licensed sport clubs and restaurants between Friday, 22 August and Thursday, 4 September 2014.

The Great Night Out drink coasters promote the message: "One mate can make a difference, look after your mates, see you again next weekend."

This is the second time the Great Night Out drink coasters have been distributed to licensed premises across the state after being positively received by the public during Operation Unite in March this year. The campaign highlights SAPOL's strong commitment to reducing alcohol-fuelled violence and its damaging impact on the community.

Great Night Out drink coaster

A FINE PEDIGREE FOR COLLARING CRIMINALS

Two new police recruits have wasted no time sinking their teeth into their training. Rowdy (pictured right), 11 months and Argus (left), three months are the latest additions to SAPOL's Puppy Development Program which will groom them for a career in collaring criminals.

The program, which has been running since April 2010, sees volunteers care for and socialise puppies to prepare them for the general purpose police dog course. The dogs usually live with the trained Puppy Development Officers for a year during which time they are regularly assessed by members of the Dog Operations Unit.

Generally the dogs are allocated to a handler in the Unit when they are about 15-18 months old. They then undertake a police dog training course which involves being taught skills such as obedience, agility, tracking, searching and criminal apprehension techniques. Successful completion of the course then sees the clever canines unleashed into the Dog Operations Unit to replace retiring police dogs that have had their day.

In the unlikely event that Rowdy or Argus put in a 'paw' performance in their training, they will be returned to the breeder where an appropriate home can be found for them.

Dog Ops - Argus & Rowdy

SAPOL HAS A FIELD DAY IN CLEVE

The small township of Cleve is the place to be this week as the local population surges from 300 to more than 30,000 as it hosts the Eyre Peninsula Field Days.

Held from 12 - 14 August, the popular biennial three-day event attracts local and interstate visitors and is one of the largest events on South Australia's west coast. SAPOL is providing a strong visible presence throughout the event, with operational members from Eyre Western LSA focusing on patron behaviour and safe driving.

SAPOL also has a corporate display, which is proving popular with event goers. On the first day more than 1,000 people attended the SAPOL display to discover valuable information about traffic, firearms, recruitment and other general policing topics.

With fine weather forecast for the remainder of the event, members of the Event Project Team and Eyre Western LSA expect to be busy engaging with the community as locals and visitors continue streaming through the gates.

Cleve Field Day display

'THE FORCE' IS WITH SAPOL

SAPOL has a starring role in the new series of the Seven Network's popular policing program, 'The Force', which airs on our screens each Wednesday night at 8.00 pm.

The first episode on 6 August saw Eastern Adelaide CIB make an arrest at a grow house. The next episode to feature SAPOL is planned for 3 September 2014 where Port Augusta CIB targets a local man with an unregistered firearm who has made threats to his ex-partner.

All episodes featuring SAPOL were filmed in 2012 and have been through the court process.

This is the first time SAPOL has allowed a camera crew to follow and film in 'real time' operational police responding to incidents. 'The Force' provides a great opportunity to capture the true nature of policing and increase the public's confidence and understanding of the role of police, including the difficulties police officers face and the positive outcomes delivered to the community.

Watch the promotional clip for 'The Force' at SA Police News.

The Force

SAPOL RELEASE MONTHLY CRIME STATISTICS

South Australia Police (SAPOL) has released the state and Local Service Area (LSA) crime statistics for June 2014 which can be found on this site by clicking on the crime statistics button in the information bar to the right.
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OFFICER HONOURED BY HALL OF FAME DECISION

Effective decision making is a valuable skill in policing. But for Senior Sergeant First Class (SS1C) Tim Pfeiffer from the Holden Hill Prosecution Unit, it was also a major asset during his two decades as a football umpire which spanned 416 SANFL games and 44 AFL games, including 10 SANFL grand finals and five state games, from 1991 to 2009.

This extensive umpiring career has now seen SS1C Pfeiffer inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame. The five-time Golden Whistle winner as the SANFL's best umpire joins nine fellow South Australian football legends including Chad Cornes, Tyson Edwards and Tony Modra as the Hall of Fame inductees for 2014.

SS1C Pfeiffer was humbled by the honour.

"It is totally unexpected. I never went into umpiring for such accolades, so this is the nice icing on the cake for something I enjoyed doing," he said.

"It is great recognition of a long career and a huge honour to be amongst so many legendary people in the Hall of Fame."

SS1C Tim Pfeiffer - SANFL Hall of Fame

LATEST FIGURES SHOW A CONTINUED DROP IN CRIME

Crime in Adelaide's central business district has continued to fall in the wake of the introduction of the Late Night Trading Code of Practice. The latest crime figures show a reduction in assaults, offences against the person and offences against good order reported since the legislation was introduced on 1 October 2013.

The Late Night Code of Practice requires licensed venues trading beyond 3.00 am to adhere to conditions such as not accepting new patrons after 3.00 am and refusing re-entry to patrons who leave the premises. Among other measures, the new Code also stipulates the use of metal detectors, high definition CCTV and an early morning ban on glassware.

The Late Night Code of Practice is making Adelaide's entertainment district a safer place for the public and workers, however, police can't tackle the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence alone - it takes a co-operative approach by a variety of agencies, licensees, and the wider community.

Read more at SA Police News.

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NEW RECRUITS TO EXERT A STABLE INFLUENCE

SAPOL's Mounted Operations Unit has welcomed six new recruits to their team. Banjo, Deter, Defender, Duntroon, Dakota and Braxton are showing unbridled enthusiasm as they adapt to their new working environment.

The six horses vary in age from two to four, and none have been broken in yet, which means it is likely to be up to three years before they are working as operational horses in the unit. Over the coming months, the team will work with the new recruits to get them relaxed with being around people, being led and to ensure they are comfortable with the unit's horse floats. The next stage of their training will see them sent to a professional trainer in South Australia to be broken in.

The training of each horse is undertaken on an individual basis. The horses will be trained to work with a variety of riders - they are not matched one-on-one, but rather work with different members of the unit across their 20-year careers.

Each horse has met SAPOL's stringent selection process, which requires that horses have the right temperament, be a minimum of 16 hands high, be grey in colour and have the right bone density to work in crowds and carry the weights required.

Read more at SA Police News.

Mounted Ops recruits

CONGRATULATIONS TO SAPOL'S NAIDOC WEEK WINNERS

Three SAPOL employees have been recognised at award ceremonies as part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, which celebrates and acknowledges the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jardi Welch (pictured centre), who works in SAPOL's State Intelligence Branch, was awarded the NAIDOC South Australia Young Person of the Year. She was nominated for the prestigious award due to her consistently high level work performance and strong involvement in the Aboriginal community. Jardi is active in the community, engaging with young people through her participation in numerous programs. She has played an integral role in crime prevention initiatives such as the Youth Midnight Basketball Program and Noorla Yo-Long Life Skills and been a key member of the City of Salisbury Youth Council and Aboriginal Leadership Program.

At a ceremony held in Berri, Senior Community Constable (SCC) Robert Agius (pictured left) was presented with the award for Male Elder of the Year which was sponsored by the Berri Barmera Council. SCC Agius was recognised for his dedication to his community, going above and beyond what is expected whether he is in or out of uniform and taking time to make sure people in the community are okay even when he is not working.

SCC Gregory Smith (pictured right) from Murray Bridge was presented with an award for the Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Government Worker of the Year. This award is presented to a person within the Ngarrindjeri Community who has made an enormous contribution to developing Aboriginal Australia's future. This award was bestowed upon SCC Smith for his continued help in making changes in the community by being a great advocate and making sure that everybody is treated equally and fairly.

Read more at SA Police News.

NAIDOC Week All 3 Winners

GRACE PERIOD - PROHIBITED FIREARM ACCESSORIES - REGULATION 4A - FIREARMS REGULATIONS

Earlier this year advice was provided regarding the enactment of Section 29B of the Firearms Act 1977 and Regulation 4A of the Firearms Regulations 2008.

With the introduction of the new legislation, a grace period was declared by the Registrar of Firearms.  The grace period was in operation between 7 February and 30 June 2014, during which members of the public could voluntarily surrender prohibited firearm accessories at a police station.

The grace period surrounding Regulation 4A (1)(b) has now been extended until further notice. 

Contact SAPOL's Firearms Branch on 08 7322 3346 or email sapol.firearmsbranch@police.sa.gov.au for further information.

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NEW AVENUES FOR POLICING IN HOLDEN HILL LSA
 
Increasing community engagement and reducing crime are just two of the key aims of the new Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) being deployed in the Holden Hill Local Service Area (LSA). 
 
The team of four led by Sergeant Kim Bos became operational about 10 days ago and will work closely with the community to identify crime and issues of concern at a local level. The launch of the team - which is in addition to the resources already in place in the LSA - follows the successful introduction of similar teams in Elizabeth, Salisbury, South Coast and Western Adelaide LSAs.
 
The team is focused on providing a responsive service to the local community - working in partnership with the community and other government and business agencies at all levels, to improve the quality of life in local neighbourhoods. Each NPT member is responsible for providing a local point of contact in specific suburbs in the LSA, including Prospect, Pooraka/Para Hills West, Northgate/Northfield/Clearview and Kilburn/Blair Athol.
 
By building relationships and increasing community engagement, police want to address local issues and crimes that impact the community such as house break-ins, property damage and vehicle related crime. The team can be contacted by calling 8207 6935.
 
Read more at SA Police News.
 
Photo (left to right): Chief Inspector Guy Buckley (Officer in Charge, Holden Hill LSA Operations Section) with NPT members Constable Adam Boyd, Sergeant Kim Bos, Constable Wayne Jacka, Constable Leonie Brimble and Constable William Walker.
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DON'T LET YOUR PROPERTY BECOME A DAILY STEAL

Research indicates that criminals are using online trading websites to sell stolen property. In response, SAPOL's Crime Prevention Coordination Unit is delivering a new property theft prevention strategy to encourage the community to secure their valuables, and in the event they become a victim of crime, to search popular websites where their stolen property may be placed for sale.

The 'Help find your stolen property' flyer has been designed to provide victims with information about searching online for their own stolen property and also includes valuable crime prevention tips.

The property theft prevention flyer is available through your Local Service Area's Crime Prevention Section.

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SAPOL RESPONSE TO ABRAHIMZADEH CORONIAL FINDINGS

SAPOL continue to study the findings and recommendations made by Coroner Mark Johns on 7 July 2014 in relation to the tragic murder of Zahra Abrahimzadeh in March 2010. At the Coronial Inquest Deputy Commissioner Grant Stevens gave evidence, acknowledging the police response throughout the case was thoroughly inadequate and on behalf of SAPOL he apologised to the Abrahimzadeh family.

Following Ms Abrahimzadeh's death SAPOL conducted a full review to examine issues relating to the process by which domestic violence investigations are managed. SAPOL's review identified almost 50 specific changes to be implemented. The first action taken was to establish a dedicated Domestic Abuse Portfolio to be overseen by the Deputy Commissioner. Other key recommendations included a change to how SAPOL records domestic violence incidents and flags offenders on its system, and amendments to General Orders relevant to domestic abuse to clearly instruct staff on how to handle these reports. Other changes include the review of existing practices and processes involving the delivery of all orders allocated by the Magistrates Court to SAPOL to serve.

Further training is being developed and conducted regarding the proactive policing of domestic abuse and the role of a specialist domestic abuse prosecutor will ensure consistency is applied throughout each SAPOL Criminal Justice Section.

However, the most substantial and lasting changes that have been achieved since Ms Abrahimzadeh's death have been the introduction of Police Interim Intervention Orders, the establishment of Family Safety Meetings across the state and the recent creation of the Multi-Agency Protection Service.

Read the full article and watch Deputy Commissioner Stevens' media conference at SA Police News.


THUMBS UP FOR MOBILE FINGERPRINT SCANNER

When it comes to the latest technology in policing, SAPOL has its finger on the pulse. This was highlighted at the recent 2014 iAwards where the recently introduced Mobile Fingerprint Scanner (MFS) won the inaugural South Australian Premier's iAward.

The iAwards, hosted by the Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Industry Association and the Pearcey Foundation, are in their 20th year of acknowledging productivity and innovation. Winning the state-based iAward now enables the MFS to be considered at the national iAwards in August this year.

Wirelessly linked to a smartphone device via Bluetooth, the MFS has the capacity to verify a person's identity and check their criminal history within a minute.

By simply placing a finger or a thumb on the palm-sized scanning device, the image is checked against the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System database. If there's an existing record, a colour photo and history details are displayed. The device has been received positively in the community and by police officers since it was introduced on a trial basis in late 2013.

Read more about the fingerprint scanner and SAPOL's other technology initiatives in our Blueprint magazine.

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OFFICERS AWARDED POLICE BRAVERY MEDAL

Four South Australia Police officers have been awarded Police Bravery Medals in recognition of their actions at two separate incidents.

Senior Constable Kevin McMonagle and Constable Nicholas Baas were recognised for their selfless actions at a house fire on Burdett Rd at Burdett, near Murray Bridge, on 4 May 2013. Although the house was engulfed in flames both officers searched the extremity of the building in an attempt to locate a missing three-year-old child and his 41-year-old father, who they believed had entered the house to find the child. After conducting a search they located a man lying unconscious on the floor of the laundry and dragged him from the building. Without their actions the man would have died. Tragically the body of the boy was found inside the property after the fire was extinguished.

Also recognised were Constable Brett Gibbons and Constable Travis Emms who were presented with a Police Bravery Medal for their exceptional courage and efforts in dealing with an armed and dangerous offender during a violent disturbance at a Hectorville property on 29 April 2011. On entering the house the constables were confronted with a horrific scene, locating a dead man and another who was seriously injured, both having been shot. While attempting to render assistance to the injured person the armed offender appeared and fired a single shot at Constable Gibbons causing a critical and life-threatening injury. Both officers took cover and while not knowing the whereabouts of the armed offender, provided vital information over the police radio while also courageously attempting to assist the injured person to leave the house.

Read more at SA Police News.

Photo: Constables Emms and Gibbons.

Police Bravery Medal

BLUEPRINT ISSUE 1 2014

The latest issue of SAPOL's magazine, Blueprint (PDF 12.2MB), is out now. In this edition you can read stories about our people, their achievements and key issues affecting SAPOL including:

  • A priceless contribution pays off for SAPOL's volunteers.
  • Major Crime Investigation Branch turns up the heat on cold cases.
  • STAR Operations - a five-star operation shines brightly.
  • SAPOL's recruitment campaign achieves more.
  • Special Crimes Investigation Branch - protecting our most vulnerable.
  • Protective Security Officers - on guard to protect the community.
  • Blazing a trail in emergency response during the Bangor bushfire.
  • The long road to recovery for Constables Brett Gibbons and Travis Emms.
  • At the forefront of modern policing with new technology.
  • 'Police Officer for a Day' competition winner with designs on a policing career.
  • South Australia Police Officer of the Year - Senior Constable First Class Daniel McGurgan.
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YOUNG MIGRANTS BEGIN A NEW CYCLE

Travelling to settle in a new country can be a daunting experience, but for four recently arrived children, winning a new bicycle means they can now have fun travelling safely to school.

Mohamed, Antena, Abdul and Pia are four of 60 young new arrivals who recently attended SAPOL's Road Safety Centre, where police from Western Adelaide Local Service Area ran a road safety awareness poster design competition.

Their winning posters featured themes of 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think', cross the road safely, understanding traffic lights, and bicycle safety. The four winners received their new bicycles, helmets and locks today at an assembly at Pennington Primary School, acknowledging Refugee Week which is being held from 15 - 21 June.

The children, recently settled in Australia from Iran, Pakistan, Burundi and Sudan, are members of the New Arrivals Program through Pennington Primary School. The program run by the Department of Education and Children's Services helps prepare children for success in the school curriculum and develops their confidence to live in the Australian community.

Photo: Senior Sergeant Carole Johnson, Sergeant Mardia Foweraker and Constable Joanne Grinter with the competition winners and their new bikes.

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90 DAY SE PROJECT

SAPOL is a service based organisation and supports the government development of a Charter of Public Service to help deliver the best possible service to all South Australians. The Charter will aim to give everyone a clearer understanding of the quality of service they can expect from public sector agencies and what to do if those expectations are not met.

You can provide input into the work around developing the Charter through the link below.

http://saplan.org.au/yoursay/we-re-putting-you-first
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HONOUR FOR DISTINGUISHED OFFICERS

Detective Sergeant Bernadette Martin, Chief Inspector Kym Zander and Superintendent Tom Rieniets have each been awarded the Australian Police Medal as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours. The medal is awarded by the Governor-General for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force.

Detective Sergeant Martin has developed a strong reputation as an officer of immense integrity and skill, especially when dealing with vulnerable people. Appointed as supervisor of the South Coast LSA's Child and Family Investigation Unit in 2002, Detective Sergeant Martin has developed significant relationships with the broader community, ensuring the needs of those suffering from domestic violence and child abuse are provided the best service. She is widely recognised within SAPOL, relevant government agencies and non-government organisations as an expert in this field.

Since joining SAPOL in 1969, Chief Inspector Zander's career has been characterised by his enthusiasm and dedication to policing, directly contributing to the safety of the community. He was an inaugural member of STAR Group, led Barossa Yorke Local Service Area (LSA) for three years and has been Operations Manager in various LSAs. Chief Inspector Zander's contribution and commitment to policing has extended well beyond South Australia with extensive input to national priorities in counterterrorism, police command and emergency management.

Superintendent Rieniets has been recognised for his varied and impressive 46-year career which has included postings to metropolitan patrol areas, Water Police, Traffic Division, Diving Squad, Accident Investigation, Prosecution and STAR Group. He is considered an expert in counterterrorism, high risk incidents and search and rescue operations. Superintendent Rieniets has served for 16 years as an Area Commander in the Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Sturt policing districts and is held in high regard for his management and leadership skills.

Read more at SA Police News.

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COPS FOR KIDS CELEBRATES MILESTONE DONATION

Cops for Kids has surpassed the significant milestone of $500,000 in donations to children's charities, with the presentation of a $20,000 cheque to the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH).

The WCH Foundation hosted Cops for Kids on the hospital's play deck this morning, marking the milestone donation with a presentation and morning tea. Police Commissioner Gary Burns was on hand to celebrate the occasion, alongside several charities which have previously received donations from Cops for Kids including Police Link, Clown Doctors, KidSafe and Ronald McDonald House.

Founded in 2006, Cops for Kids is a charity run by a dedicated group of like-minded people who work for SAPOL. Around one in four SAPOL members make regular contributions to help the charity assist children in need and their families.

Since 2007, Cops for Kids has donated almost $70,000 to support the care of seriously ill children at the WCH, with the funds used to purchase equipment and upgrade facilities across the hospital.

For information on how you can support Cops for Kids, please contact Detective Brevet Sergeant Drew Bynoe.

Read more at SAPOL Police News.

Photo: Sam Tolley, CEO of the WCH Foundation with Cops for Kids Chairman, Detective Brevet Sergeant Drew Bynoe.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Senior Constable Dan McGurgan has been awarded the South Australia Police Officer of the Year for 2013. Now in its 36th year, the award is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Unley and recognises outstanding commitment from a police officer.

Based at Waikerie Police Station, Senior Constable McGurgan is well known in his local community for his community spirit and involvement, particularly with sporting events and schools.

His 30-year policing career includes an extensive background as a police liaison officer with local schools and Aboriginal communities, and significant involvement in community events. Senior Constable McGurgan is a regular guest speaker at public occasions and tireless organiser of key local events.

Memorably, he assisted people during the drought and played an integral role in saving the local Cadell ferry from closure; a service the town relies upon and one which recently proved crucial in getting firefighters quickly to a bushfire.

This prestigious award emphasises Senior Constable McGurgan's considerable service to the Cadell community - a commitment which was also recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day Honours.

Read more at SA Police News.

Photo: Senior Constable McGurgan receives his award from Greg McLeod, President of Rotary Club of Unley.

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SECOND-HAND DEALERS AND PAWNBROKERS

Regulation of the second-hand and pawnbroker industries is provided under the Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act, 1996 and the Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Regulations, 2013.

Information regarding legislative and regulatory requirements for dealers as well as electronic copies of forms used to notify the Commissioner of Police are now available.

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FINES TO BE RE-ISSUED AFTER COMPUTER FAULT

An internal review by SAPOL has identified that a fault in a software upgrade saw 2,854 expiations issued with the incorrect offence code and descriptor. The software fault - which covers expiations issued from March 1 to 20 - has been resolved. All of the incorrect notices have been withdrawn and SAPOL is sending a letter to all affected drivers.

The expiation notices will be re-issued with the correct code and descriptor. SAPOL can assure all drivers they will not have to pay an amount higher than the initial notice issued.
The re-issued expiations will allow additional time to pay. Those who have already paid the notice will receive a refund cheque. Drivers can elect to use the cheque to credit the new notice.

If a payment arrangement has been made, the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer will transfer it to the new notice. Notice holders should contact the Fines Enforcement Unit on 1800 659 538 when they receive the new notice.

Withdrawn notices will not be accessible on SAPOL's online photo page, however access will be restored once the notice is re-issued. For those whose expiations are unaffected by this fault, you can still view the digital photographs related to your fine on the Expiation Notices page on the SAPOL website. For those who don't have online access, photos can still viewed at Police Headquarters in person or be emailed or posted, by following instructions on the back of the expiation notice.

Further information is available by contacting the Expiation Notice Branch Call Centre on 8463 4388 during business hours.

Read more at SA Police News.

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DETAILS OF WANTED REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDERS ARE NOW PUBLISHED ONLINE

Details of wanted registered child sex offenders in South Australia will be published online by SAPOL from today, under strict new regulations. An amendment to the Child Sex Offenders Registration Act 2006 allows the online publication of specific details.

This information includes photographs of registered child sex offenders who have either failed to report to police as required or provided false or misleading information to police; and whose whereabouts are unknown.

The publication of this information, which will include the offender's full name and date of birth, will occur on this website. As of today there are two wanted registered child sex offenders on the website.

The aim of the publication is to locate the wanted offenders, with anyone who knows the location of any individual featured urged to call police immediately on 131 444, or to call Crime Stoppers with information on 1800 333 000.

The public and media are reminded that under the Act it is a criminal offence to misuse the information on the website - specifically it is an offence to "publish, distribute, or display any photographs or personal details published by this site, without prior written approval of the Minister for Police". Details of any new wanted offender will be added to the SAPOL website in keeping with the Act, and their details will be removed when they are located by police.

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FREE ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

SAPOL's Road Safety Section, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission, provides road safety education across the state to all South Australians.

This is provided to schools free of charge and highlights the five main causes of fatal and serious injury crashes - drink/drug driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, distraction whilst driving and driving dangerously.

A flyer has been developed to provide detailed information about SAPOL's road safety presentations, each tailored to the educational needs of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students.

The compelling interactive presentations are provided by a police officer who specialises in road safety education on the choices, risks and consequences involved in driving a motor vehicle.

To book one of these free sessions, please contact the Road Safety Section by telephone on 8207 6585 or via email.

Remember "Road safety is everyone's responsibility to stop dangerous drivers".

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NEW TEAM TO TARGET ONLINE SEX PREDATORS

SAPOL's Sexual Crime Investigation Branch is undergoing a major restructure, with a renewed focus on targeting online sex predators who prey on children. Sixteen more police officers will join the branch, to be renamed Special Crime Investigation Branch, to monitor and track child sex offenders.

This restructure is aimed at better protecting and supporting those most vulnerable in our society - children and those with specialised needs. The new branch will not only investigate sexual crimes, but also assist, safeguard and advocate for all victims identified as having special needs such as cognitive disabilities. The additional officers will be allocated to one of three areas:

  • the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team - six highly specialised police officers will form a permanent ICE team following a successful trial
  • the Australian National Child (Sex) Offender Register (ANCOR) - a further five police allocated to the case management of those listed on the ANCOR
  • the Victim Management Section (VMS) - a new unit with five committed police officers working with those victims of crime who have specialised needs to improve support services and improve court outcomes.

It is expected that all positions will be filled and the re-structure complete by 1 July 2014.

Read more at SA Police News.

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MILLION DOLLAR REWARDS OFFERED IN UNSOLVED CASES

In a major initiative, million-dollar rewards are being offered by the South Australian government in relation to 13 cases involving the murder or disappearance (and presumed murder) of children.

Police hope the offer of these substantial rewards will encourage someone with intimate knowledge in each case to come forward with that vital information, and in turn bring some peace to the families involved.

There is $13 million being offered in the reward program - with those cases directly involving the murder, or disappearance and presumed murder, of 18 children. The cases which will now have a $1 million reward on offer for information leading to a conviction include the disappearance of the Beaumont children in 1966, the murders of Meredith Pearce and her three children in 1991, and the disappearance of 12-year-old Rhianna Barreau who was last seen in October 1992.

Any member of the public with information in relation to these cases is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online. Your confidential information may be the single missing piece of information police need to locate and then convict the offenders.

Read more at SA Police News.

Download the Million Dollar Reward for Unsolved Cases poster

FIREARMS AMENDMENTS 2014

On 7 February 2014 provisions of the Firearms (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2013 and Firearms Variation Regulations 2014 commence operation. These enactments facilitate several amendments, to the Firearms Act 1977 and Firearms Regulations 2008, including the introduction of new criminal offences.

To assist the firearms community and public in understanding these legislative reforms, South Australia Police have developed a Summary of the Major Reforms and an Information Guide.

Read more.

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SAPOL'S NEW RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN

The South Australia Police Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014 - 2016 was officially launched on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 along with other State Government Reconciliation Action Plans at an event hosted by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, The Hon Ian Hunter MLC.

The RAP reaffirms SAPOL's commitment to reconciliation and builds on a strong foundation of engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and leaders across a broad spectrum of service delivery. It also strengthens SAPOL's engagement with its own workforce in acknowledging reconciliation and supporting an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, values and tradition.

The RAP contains actions and targets under the headings of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities and has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

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FIXED SAFETY CAMERA OPERATING PRACTICES RELEASED

Recently access to safety camera photos was placed online and mobile safety camera practices and expiation notice review guidelines were released. 

To provide greater transparency in the safety camera process, SAPOL has now released the Fixed Camera Operating Guidelines in one document that can be downloaded. 

This document précis the policies and practices that SAPOL apply in the operation of fixed safety cameras.

SAPOL is committed to transparency.  To find out more, download our Fixed Safety Camera Operating Practices document.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mobile speed camera mounted on a motor vehicle

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.

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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.

Preventing Crime booklet

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.

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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.

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