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Welcome to the Beat Project

The Beat Project is a peer-based online resource and community network for beat users.

The project was initiated by beat users in response to the increasing and unacceptable level of police harassment and threatening behaviour, intimidating questioning and derogatory comments, and the use of unreasonable force and disturbing police tactics, which actively targets men at ‘known beats’ across NSW.

We’re a grass roots community-based group. Our advocacy work is made possible by the support and generous voluntary contribution  from members of the beat community. We do not receive funding from the NSW Government or any of the major ‘community organisations’, and any offer of support and/or financial assistance is greatly appreciated.

The project is open to all men who frequent beats in NSW – whether you identify as straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex…

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We have identified several NSW Government departments and GLBTI organisations within the community who are aware of harassment by NSW Police and actively endorse this unreasonable and unacceptable behaviour.

Unfortunately, they have no desire to take our concerns seriously or include beat users in their discussions, and are instead determined to shut the beats down – an initiative referred to as ‘Crime Prevention’.

As more and more men were being subjected to this unreasonable campaign of harassment and intimidation, we realised the need to take action… to educate ourselves about Your Rights and how to respond when approached by police, and to be aware of some simple safety tips to make to make your beat experience safer.

We will continue to monitor and report police activity and provide information to the community about what is happening… we strongly encourage you to report any incident with police you may have encountered or witnessed.

We welcome your support to end police harassment and address bigotry in the justice system… ALL reports will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and will be de-identified and de-personalised.

We are also working toward seeking legislative change to decriminalise public sex after dark – based on the unprecedented and landmark decision by Amsterdam to decriminalise public sex ‘… for couples of any sexual combination’.

Similar moves by police in the UK to decriminalise public sex have highlighted the need for police to work with the community to ensure men who frequent beats are protected from homophobia and hate-related crimes… and the recent decision by Law lords in the UK who have ruled that sex in public is not illegal.

We congratulate them for their courage and welcome their guidance.