In no particular order:
- Seize several milk crates worth of books that were being used in a free public exchange.
- Seize storage equipment from a protest site under the guise of enforcing a council notice
- Wake a man up who is resting at a protest site to demand identification (which was legally refused) before arresting, detaining, and serving with a fine for a council notice without at any point offering a legally obligated warning.
- Knock to the ground, injure, arrest, detain, and charge a man for attempting to claim ownership of a banner as it was being seized for apparently having no owner. Hold same man overnight in custody after refusing to offer reasonable bail conditions. Have magistrate award the exact same bail conditions that arrestee was requesting the next day. [Withdraw charges months later].
- Fail to turn up to court to prosecute charges laid against a man who was held overnight in custody for taking shelter under land apparently owned by the Reserve Bank but otherwise used as a public thoroughfare. Be forced to pay out $680 to cover same man’s legal costs. Arrest and detain same man later that evening for breaking bail conditions relating to the withdrawn charges. Serve a council notice fine.
- Arrest a homeless man for sleeping at a protest site and take into custody for the purpose of serving a council notice fine. Twice. On the second time hold overnight to impose bail.
- Send Police Rescue (and two cars) to take cardboard horse off raised platform outside RBA. Have Police Rescue arrive well after protesters have already taken same horse down from platform and have left the site for a tour of the city.
- Threaten to arrest people for making cardboard sculptures.
- Literally declare a cardboard teepee ‘camping equipment’ and use several police vehicles to seize ‘litter’ (police or sanitation?) and other ‘camping equipment’.
ALSO, SOME OF MY FAVOURITE QUOTES FROM THE NSW POLICE FORCE HANDBOOK
On Aboriginal Issues:
If you enter Aboriginal lands without authority, you are trespassing.
Remember, arrest is an extreme action. Keep in mind other means of getting someone to court (eg: Field Court Attendance Notice (CAN), Future Service CAN, and CAN).
If proceeding by Field CAN or Future Service CAN, immediately record the particulars of the offender and do not detain them unnecessarily.
On Customer service
NSW Police Force guarantees a satisfactory level of service to any person or organisation we have contact with – our customers.
Arrested persons and suspects for crimes will not be considered to be customers as they will be dealt with under the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 and other NSW Police Force policies and procedures.
On Public Expectations
Balance your commitment to prevent and investigate crime with the need to speak courteously. Do not harass or hinder any person.
Treat people under your control properly, remembering no matter what the alleged crime a person is innocent until proven guilty
PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE REAL QUOTES. YOU CAN LOOK THEM UP FOR YOURSELF.