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Wyong Council and NSW Police encourage homophobia

 

We thank Wyong Council and NSW Police for signage that encourages homophobia and vigilante activity…

we’re aware that council workers will harass men, and have previously raised concerns about homophobic violence and ‘non-responsive’ GLLO and police officers.

This does little to build trust and encourage men to report hate-related crimes against them, and we’re alarmed that Chief Supt. Donna Adney would allow signage that encourages homophobia from her officers, council and the public.

please keep safe and always look out for each other – alert others to any danger in the area

 

Poll: Do You Trust police
Poll: Do Think Police Are Homophobic
 

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Don’t become a victim of crime

March 2012 – Please be aware of police operations to address youth crime and robberies in the Newcastle and Hunter area (see articles below)

There is the possibility that youths may look for easier targets at beats — if you encounter any trouble…

  • Immediately Contact Police – 000
  • Do not scatter – youths usually hunt in packs, so be aware there may be others waiting — stay close to other men in the area and move to safety
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and vigilant about your safety
  • Don’t carry anything valuable
  • Alert others to any danger and always look out for each other
  • You can also report to police after an incident – CrimeStoppers 1800 333 000


Vigilante empowerment by police and local councils remains a problem — homophobic youths know police will turn a blind eye to violence against beat users… this puts the safety of the GLBTIQ community at risk.

Please be careful and REPORT immediately if you encounter any problems with homophobic youths and/or police do not respond to hate-related crime in a professional and considerate manner. 

 
 
We can also notify police on your behalf if you wish to remain anonymous — REPORT any incidents
 
 

More strike forces to deal with robberies

Newcastle Herald | 09 Mar, 2012 | View Entire Article
 

Hunter teen criminals warned

Newcastle Herald | 08 Mar, 2012 | View Entire Article

SENIOR police have warned teen criminals they are facing long jail terms for menacing people for mobile phones and cash.

With two new police strike forces set up yesterday to combat the increased armed robberies across the Hunter, inner-city officers are also battling a dramatic rise in street robberies where individuals are being bashed and threatened with weapons for a few dollars and a phone.

Youths as young as 12 have allegedly used stand-over tactics in such attacks, with information released yesterday identifying at least 30 street robberies across the Newcastle City local area command since September.

That figure includes two more incidents on Tuesday night, one in the city when a 22-year-old was punched in the head before his wallet was taken and another when a man refused to hand over his valuables when a youth armed with a knife threatened him.

Newcastle City crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey said he was not sure if the attackers fully understood that they were risking their freedom.

‘‘They are committing serious crimes, offences with penalties which reflect how seriously the legislators and the community view them,’’ he said.

‘‘We are talking about up to 14 years for stealing from a person, [and up] to 25 years for doing the same, armed with a weapon.’’

Mr Humphrey said there had been 69 reported robberies in the Newcastle City local area command since September 1.


 

Police continue to patrol ‘known’ beats across Newcastle…

 

Remember:

  • You have the Right to be in a public place at any hour of the day.
  • Always cooperate with police and never physically or verbally abuse an officer – even if they try to provoke you. If you believe you were treated unfairly, you can always make a complaint after the incident.
  • Keep yourself SAFE and know your RIGHTSand always look out for each other – and be discreet and keep the noise down.
  • Always take you litter with you and keep the area tidy.

What happens if I’m approached…

  • Firstly, don’t panic… remain calm if you see officers approach or torchlight in the distance. Calmly move toward other men or to a safer area if you’re alone.
  • DO NOT RUN as officers will chase and may put you at risk of injury.
  • Officers must clearly identify themselves and may even show you their badge. Officers must display their identification – if not, you are allowed to ask their name, rank and station – and they must tell you.
  • Some officers may prefer not to be identified and attempt to cover their badge or simply refuse… make note of what they do and say to you, and record the registration and/or identifying letters and numbers on the police vehicle, if possible, and the date and time – this will assist to identify the officer should you choose to make a complaint.
  • Officers will ask what you are doing in the area and may ask for your identification.  They may perform a background check. Be polite and follow their direction.
  • You have the right to ask why you’re being questioned.
  • Police will sometimes try to intimidate you, threaten to ‘tell your partner or family, or make some other inappropriate comment. Police simply CANNOT do this, this is known as ‘Serious Police Misconduct’, and you need to report it immediately…
  • Officers have been known to ask inappropriate questions about marital status and/or sexual preference… they cannot ask these questions and you do not need to respond.
    • Officers have been known to visit men at their homes – this is misconduct and inappropriate behaviour – please report immediately.

 

 

  • Police cannot record your details into their system simply for being in an area that is a ‘known’ beat, and they cannot share your information. If you believe you’ve been harassed as a result of having your details recorded – then you need to report it immediately.
  • Police officers also have a Standards of Professional Conduct. If you believe they have breached these standards –report it immediately
    • Officers must be polite and courteous
    • Officers cannot use inappropriate or homophobic language
    • Officers must remain objective at all times – which means they cannot approach you or record your personal details simply for being in an area that is a ‘known’ beat…
  • You also have the right to make a complaint to the NSW Ombudsman if you believe you were harassed by police at a beat or as a result of having your personal details recorded at a beat…
  • Please be aware police monitor social networking websites, and that members of the community and its organisations are posing as beat users to actively discourage men from using beats. We suggest caution at all times when using these sites.

Please continue to REPORT if you are approached by police, or have any other experiences with police at a beat.


BE AWARE:

Bray Park – 1.50am Sunday morning – July 31, a police vehicle was observed driving recklessly around the park and playground areas, tearing up the surrounding grassed areas, and harassing men.

I drove into Braye Park. when I reached the top of the hill, I saw that someone was driving all over the park. I stopped the car and got out to have a closer look, it was a police paddy wagon driving around the playground area. I got back in my car and drove around to the other side of the park, there was two cars parked there.

I drove back around to see what was going on and the police paddy wagon was in front of me. The police paddy wagon drove around the wrong way at the top of the hill. I didn’t know what to do as the top of the hill is only one way, so I drove around the right way. Police drove past me and waited for me to exit, which I did. The police followed me down the road. I pulled over and the police kept driving. I took the rego of the police car (BD 55 QG).

The next day, I went back to Braye Park to see the result of police driving over the park. I took many photos of the destruction by police early sunday morning.

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Tomago – October 13 – We have received reports of police activity in this area, and that a female officer is approaching men and asking for identification. We understand she is operating on her own – this is clearly in breach of police ‘Standards of Professional Conduct’.

Offices are required to patrol these areas in pairs -  this ‘ misconduct’ must be reported and we will lodge a complaint regarding her actions. If this officer is operating under orders, then this may constitute ‘police corruption’.

If you are approached, remain calm and request her name, rank and station – which she must tell you. REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY.

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Croudace Bay – We have received further reports about the elderly man threatening men with a knife and slashing tyres. This man is dangerous. If you encounter this man, do not approach or antagonise him – make a note of any details – date, time and what happened, and report it immediately

 

Contact police immediately – the GLLO at Lake Macquarie LAC is aware of this man – Detective Senior Constable Cass Campbell on 02 4942 9931 – you do not have to provide your name. Please also let us know you have contacted her and we will follow it up – sydneybeatproject@gmail.com

You can also make an anonymous report via CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or online

This man is already known to officers at Belmont LAC. We will follow this up with police and keep you informed…

Take care and look out for each other!

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Reports Received September 4, 2009 …

” Most of the beats in Newcastle are being targeted by police patrols.  People are being followed by police and being asked for identification and reasons they were at the parks or toilet blocks in the first place.  Some are even being blocked entry into the park by police cars parked across the road.”

” The most bizarre instance happened to a friend of mine, who has a sticker on his rear window reading “Marriage Equality” on a rainbow background, he was asked to remove the sticker because the police officer found it offensive.  He refused, and was given a caution. “

” It was bad enough when we had to contend with poofter bashers, but now we have to contend with harassment from the cops… “

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Report Received September 2, 2009 …

” I was just parked and having a cigarette as they very slowly drove past me and stared directly into my car almost face to face they were that close. They made it clear they were writing down my number plate but did not communicate or stop. They wandered around (the area) and intimidated other people parked around the place before leaving. “

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We have received several reports of an elderly man threatening men with a knife and slashing tyres, chasing after men, and using offensive and homophobic language… from recent reports, this man is already known to Belmont LAC.

This is a hate-related crime and we have passed on this information to police. If you encounter this man, do not approach or antagonise him – make a note of  details, date, time and his vehicle registration – keep a camera handy!

Contact police and report any incident immediately – the GLLO at Lake Macquarie LAC is aware of this man – Detective Senior Constable Cass Campbell on 02 4942 9931 – you do not have to provide your name. Please also let us know you have contacted her and we will follow it up – sydneybeatproject@gmail.com

You can also make an anonymous report via CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or online

Please report if you have any further information or encounter this man. We will follow this up with police and keep you informed… Take care and look out for each other!

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August 10, 2009 – Report Received… Police have been targeting men at a particular toilet block – officers are approaching and questioning men, and following them when they leave…

Report immediately if you have been approached, followed by police, or victimised by police because they took your registration details at a ‘known” beat.

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August 10, 2009 – Report Received… ‘Several police officers on motor bikes were scouring all the paths into the bush (and) searching out for men… and made their presence known by questioning all who were parked at the top of the hill… Police have also erected signs forbidding parking at night trying to deter gay goings on. Police patrols even drive through every night and book any one up there’.

This area is a public place and you have every right to be there at any hour of the day, without requiring a reasonable excuse. Police cannot charge you or note your details in their system simply for being at a ‘known’ beat, although they will try and intimidate you and may ask you to move-on.

If you are approached by police, always stay calm, be polite and follow their direction. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask for the officer’s name, rank and station – which will help when you lodge a report or complaint with the NSW Ombudsman.

If you are charged, Seek Legal Advice and let the Beat Project know IMMEDIATELY – you also have the right to lodge a formal complaint with the NSW Ombudsman.