Plan for auxiliaries to replace cops at bottlos

p2309-police-bottle-shop-1By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Chief Minister Adam Giles says a re-elected CLP Government would employ an extra 105 auxiliary officers, some of whom would replace all police officers at take-away alcohol outlets.

 

Mr Giles says under a new policing model, “temporary beat locations” at the outlets would “continue indefinitely,” utilising the new auxiliary force which will have powers to search and arrest.

 

“People in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine will be pleased to know the Government has listened to them and made this long-term commitment to ensure safety and security,” he said.

 

“Labor will get rid of police on the beat at bottleshops.

 

“Under our plan, fully trained and equipped frontline officers can be redirected to duties more suited to their experience and expertise, reducing both the incidence of crime and the fear of crime,” says Mr Giles.

 

“It’s estimated the community policing model will see up to 70 frontline officers redirected to other duties.”

 

Police officers have complained about their deployment at bottleshops.

 

Currently, Police Auxiliaries perform roles in police watch houses, front counters, call taking and dispatch.

 

The new auxiliaries will all be sworn officers with Police powers specific to the stream they are joining – Community Safety, Custody and Community Service, says Mr Giles.

 

 

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  1. Scarlett Grant
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    The issue that no politicians or would be politicians are addressing is the responsible service of alcohol. Is this due to donations afforded?
    It is concerning that the tax payers are funding compliance with the liquor act, when the publicans benefit. I would think the only publicans not to have been impacted by the police presence area those that acted in accordance with the law.
    Why can’t the licences be altered so that appropriately trained people are required to be employed as part of a liquor licence application and granting process paid by the publican which is then independently reviewed as to suitability to retain a liquor licence?

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  2. Marcus
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    It has been very peaceful in Alice Springs since the bottle shop cops have been in control.
    When Labor comes to power – all that will go out the window.
    Back to the good ol’ days of drunks, drunks and more drunks.
    But Labor doesn’t care about the average person or their safety, as you will soon be reminded.

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  3. R Henry
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    So persons not having done the full training will be given powers of search and arrest?
    Interesting to see if they also get mace, taser and a firearm?

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