Welcome to the NSW Beat Project

 
The Beat Project is a peer-based community network and online resource for all beat users… whether you identify as gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer… single, married or just curious.

The Beat Project was initiated by beat users in response to unacceptable police harassment, and the inappropriate response by NSW Police and ACON to address vigilante behaviour and homophobic violence against beat users – which we understand they are encouraging..
 


Online Poll: Do You Trust police
Online Poll: Do You Think Police Are Homophobic
Online Poll: Should Public Sex be Decriminalised
Online Poll: Do You Consider Public Sex to be an Indecent Act

HOMOPHOBIC OFFICER REGISTER — please provide the officers name, rank, station and/or police vehicle details, date, time, location, what the officer did and said to you… were they wearing identification?


“YOU HAVE TO HIDE TO BE SAFE”


We’d like to hear about your experiences… please contact us if you’ve—

  • ever had a negative experience with officer/s
  • ever had a positive experience with officer/s
  • ever encountered homophobic violence, been bashed/mugged, verbal abuse, etc.
  • reported homophobic violence to police and not received a professional response
  • reported harassment by an officer and/or made a complaint about an officer and not received a professional response
  • reported police harassment and/or homophobic violence to acon avp

 

You will remain anonymous, any personal details will be removed.

Thanks.

 “The NSW Police Force Code of Conduct and Ethics and Sexuality and Gender Diversity Policy, reinforce the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, by emphasising that no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated and any breach might result in removal from NSW Police Force… ALL forms of harassment, discrimination, bullying, victimisation and vilification are unacceptable behaviours.”

Policy on Sexuality and Gender Diversity, 2011-14


Officers must behave in a professional manner at all times
— officers cannot make any inappropriate and/or homophobic comments (complain about an officer)

NSW Police Statement of Values
NSW Police Code of Conduct and Ethics
NSW Police Standards of Professional Conduct Booklet


Poll: Do you think NSW Police should be allowed to march in the Sydney G&L Mardi Gras Parade
 

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT… Stories of entrapment and other similar activities engaged in by police are far too frequent compared with the non-existent efforts to combat the increasing level of homophobic violence in our society. It would seem that the violence against gay men is directly related to the increase in police harassment of gay men – simply two different forms of the same thing .
     

  • do these officers get paid march in the parade? i had to ask



 

BE AWARE

Rushcutters bay Park — Plain-Clothes officers engaging in entrapment…

Friday 21 February, 2014 – approx 2.30am

It’s been reported that plain-clothes officers engaged in entrapment to apprehend several men before uniformed officers arrived to question and search the men.

This is unacceptable behaviour by NSW Police – and against police policy… we will raise the issue with Senior Police.
 
 
Please be careful out there…

– Be aware of your surroundings
– Always look out for each other
– Alert others to any danger and stay close together – DO NOT SCATTER as officers will chase
 
REPORT any incidents with police…
 
– note the date / time of incident
– name / rank / station of officer – officers must provide this informationon approach and/or when requested
– make note of anything they do and say to you and/or others in the area
– descriptions / what they were wearing / how many there were
– vehicle registration details / any information that can identify them
 
 
You have the right to witness/ photograph / video any incident involving police…
 
– to identify homophobic officers
– you can make a COMPLAINT about inappropraie police behaviour – even if you witness it
– if safe, take photos / video with your camera phone — EMAIL
 
 

Please keep safe and always look out for each other
 
Remember to take your litter and be discrete


 
Another policy failure… still no committment to address homophobia within the NSW Police Force.
 

 
 

 
 

 
Sydney Park – January 29, 2013 – more reports of harassment by police and rangers… we’ve also heard plain-clothed (undercover) officers are sniffing about — ‘we’re here for their safety… we’ll give them a couple warnings then charge them’… WTF!

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we’re astounded by the continuing waste of resources and homophobia within NSW Police, and their pathetic (non-)efforts to stop homophobic violence – despite providing numerous reports that include dates, times, and vehicle registration details.

guidelines indicate ‘covert’ operations must be authorised by senior police, so it’s troubling they will ‘authorise’ numerous plain-clothed officers to bully and harass men – even engage in entrapment, yet will do nothing to stop a gang of homophobic teenagers bashing men with metal poles at Croudace Bay Park.

oh, that’s right… one of the teenage bashers is related to a senior police officer in Newcastle — and everyone – including the Commissioner and Police Minister, is covering it up.

it’s disgusting that Donna Adney has justified police inaction by blaming victims for not coming forward, and refuses to acknowledge it’s a result of continuing harassment and fear of police – so much for building trust and confidence.

even the GLLO Program is an absolute joke with reports of non-responsive and homophobic officers, and poor policy direction – which undermines efforts by good officers trying to do the right thing.

and yet Donna Adney is excited about marching in the Mardi Gras Parade while continuing to lie to the community… it’s unfortunate she’s too busy playing politics and covering for corrupt/homophobic officers, and obviously cannot be trusted to ensure the safety of the GLBTIQ community – wherever we may be.

it’s time for a re-think.

 
 
Poll: Do you think NSW Police should be allowed to march in the Sydney G&L Mardi Gras Parade
 

  • ABSOLUTEY NOT… Stories of entrapment and other similar activities engaged in by police are far too frequent compared with the non-existent efforts to combat the increasing level of homophobic violence in our society. It would seem that the violence against gay men is directly related to the increase in police harassment of gay men – simply two different forms of the same thing .
     

  • do these officers get paid march in the parade? i had to ask

 
 

 
 

“ This is about people saying we’re not going to accept bullying anymore…
We can make a difference if we do something about it. ”
 
“You have the right to be proud of who you are…
you have the right to stand up to these homophobic bullies.”

 

 

“Bullying includes harassment and making threats – whether by police or the general public,
and these activities are illegal.”
 
Stand Up to bullying… We all have the right to be safe, wherever we are.


 
 
 

‘get the iron bar…’

 
Croudace Bay Park – January 21, 2013 – 10.30pm – approx. 10 teenagers aged between 14-18yrs seen getting out of two vehicles in the carpark – a white car (rego starting with WY…) and a dark blue Holden Commodore Sedan (AC 64 WD)

A female was heard calling out ‘get the iron bar’ and the youths split into two groups… some walked over to the seating area, the others walked up to the toilets with a torch.

They also bashed a man on December 21, 2012.
 
 
If you encounter the homophobic teenagers and/or see anything suspicious, immediately move to safety and contact Police triple-zero (000) .. they’re extremely dangerous.

They’ve been seen hanging around vehicles in the car park – they will confront and bash you, and damage your vehicle… keep your distance and immediately notify police – 000 — this will ensure police respond and the incident is recorded – you can also request to remain anonymous.
 
 
the teenagers are known to local police… one of the teenagers is also related to a senior police officer and may tell you this to intimidate you and/or may threaten that police (his daddy) will track you down and harm you – don’t be afraid to report these homophobes.

we understand police/avp are protecting these teenagers, and that local police may be encouraging violence and homophobic behaviour — vigilante empowerment… this is serious police misconduct.

REPORT any incidents —
 
Remember to:
 
– include the date / time of incident
– note what the bashers did and said to you and others
– description of bashers / what they were wearing / how many there were
– vehicle registration details – if possible / any other information that can identify them
– any other information you can provide about the incident

Please let us know if you contacted police and their response… if you contact police, make a note of anything they do and say to you.
 
If safe, try to take some photos with your camera phone.
 
 

Please keep safe and always look out for each other

alert others to any danger & stay close together

– DO NOT SCATTER –

 

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NSW Police and ACON fail GLBTI community, legitimise hate

 
The Beat Project is not supported by ACON and their Anti-Violence Project (AVP), who Chair the ‘Beats Working Group’ – a ‘network of government agencies’ that includes Attorney-Generals Dept, NSW Police, City of Sydney Council, Dept of Health — The ‘Interagency Approach’.

NSW Police and ACON also advise local councils on ‘Crime Prevention’ and CPTED strategies to eradicate beat use, including removal of trees, signs that encourage vigilante behaviour and homophobia, increased police presence, etc… EMAIL your photos and videos of CPTED in action.

These agencies have failed to address homophobic violence and lack of trust within the GLBTI community, and have instead blamed victims for not reporting violence… and they’ve bullied and treated victims of homophobic violence with disrespect.

They have also refused to address non-responsive officers, misconduct, and homophobic attitudes within NSW Police – particularly in regional areas where homophobia, intolerance and violence is encouraged.

Their ill-conceived policies and petty politics, and ‘Well, you shouldn’t have been there…’ approach continues to put our safety at risk… unfortunately it’s become quite clear ‘You Have To Hide To Be Safe’ — that’s not acceptable.
 

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If you know a police officer, station or command that has provided you with less than outstanding customer service, we encourage you to acknowledge their homophobia and negative impact by making a Complaint.

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Quote of the week:

 

“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our GLBTI community to display unity and reinforce our joint commitment to drive down homophobic crimes of prejudice and violence.”

 

?”Is it just me, or does it seem profoundly confusing to claim to protect someone
while persecuting them at the same time?”

 

“There’s a lot to be said around discrimination and homophobia on people’s mental health and their wellbeing.

“It’s not that being gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual in and of itself is a mental illness because clearly it is not, but if you’re constantly feeling like you have to hide it or you’re constantly feeling that you are not able to be yourself that’s an added stress.”

 

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