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NSW police to get lessons on beat etiquette

SX – December 10, 2008

NSW Police have capitulated to queer lobby group Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) over complaints about alleged harassment of ‘beat users’ by police, and will now train officers in how to engage with men at gay cruising areas.

Senior police officers this week revealed that training would soon begin for constables in the wake of CAAH’s campaign against alleged police harassment and intimidation at Sydney Park, Alexandria and elsewhere.

Announcing the training, Detective Inspector Bradley Monk from Redfern Police, told SX: “The Sydney Park ‘beat’ issues are becoming a topical subject within gay media outlets. It is important that police are well-versed in policing beats. This will ensure that our service is both professional and effective at reducing crime and enhancing public safety.”

Det Insp Monk said training would commence shortly and continue periodically throughout 2009.

Superintendent Donna Adney, GLBT Corporate Spokesperson for NSW Police, said the training would include research on why men use beats.

“This part of the training will ensure that police understand their role in policing beats to maximise the safety and security of all users of these public spaces,” she said.

CAAH spokesperson Rachel Evans said the training was “a really good sign”, but added: “This is an admission by police that they need to be less heavy-handed and more sensitive at beats.”

Evans reiterated her call for the decriminalisation of night-time sexual activities in parks, as has happened in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. View Article

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* We have been advised that Supt. Donna Adney has engaged with Commanders at LACs across NSW regarding beats, and has included ‘Beat Training’ as part of the training of recent additions to the GLLO compliment. We congratulate Supt Adney for her work and continued support to improve understanding between police and beat users, and efforts to build trust and confidence to better address hate-related crimes.

* We have been advised that Supt. Donna Adney, GLBT Corporate Spokesperson for NSW Police, has conducted beat sensitivity ‘training’ for officers at Redfern LAC, and will extend the training for GLLO’s across NSW.

* We are yet to receive word from Nancy De Castro or Robert Knapman – from AVP/ACON, regarding police searching men for condoms and their involvement in decisions by the Beats Working Group We understand that ACON does not consider beat users as ‘Stakeholders’ and has actively turned a blind eye to the treatment of beat users by Council Rangers and NSW Police.

* From our discussions with NSW Police, we understand that Redfern LAC has already undergone ‘training’ on policing beats. It appears that little has changed and we will continue to pursue this matter.

* Police approached us on Saturday night, December 13, and informed us they will continue to target ‘homosexual activity’ in Sydney Park. We continue to receive reports that police are still approaching and harassing men. We will continue to monitor their activity and keep you informed.

* We are currently seeking further information on the ‘training initiative’, and attempting to meet and discuss the issue with NSW Police and ACON / AVP. We are yet to receive a response from them and concerned they are not taking the matter seriously. We will keep you informed.


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Vic Commissioner says no to homophobia

SX – May 14, 2009

Vic Commissioner says no to homophobia

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland has thrown his support behind International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).

Showing early in his tenure a willingness to follow former police commissioner Christine Nixon’s lead in speaking up for GLBTI Victorians, Overland will join the community in speaking out against homophobia. Read more


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Police complaints body publishes new guidelines on homophobia

Pink News • May 19, 2009

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has published new guidelines on dealing with allegations of discriminatory behaviour, including homophobia.

The new guidelines build upon the racial discrimination guidelines published in 2003.

They will now include age, religion and belief, disability, gender, race, and sexual orientation discrimination.

According to the organisation, they will provide guidance on the handling of allegations of discriminatory behaviour and ensure a consistent approach is achieved by those responsible for investigating allegations.

In particular, they outline that investigation reports should demonstrate the concepts, principles and methodology employed in fact finding, analysis and conclusions to discrimination.

IPCC Chair Nick Hardwick said: “As we can see from the research people feel strongly that discriminatory behaviour should be reported, however, the number of actual cases is very low. It is important that the necessary guidelines are in place to address all forms of discrimination if we are to continue to increase the public’s confidence in the police complaints system.

“These guidelines are a fundamental step in the right direction for improving public confidence. There is now a mechanism in place that will ensure that those dealing with complaints, whether they are within a police authority, police force or the IPCC, have clear cut guidance on what should be done.

“Currently a review of IPCC statutory guidance is underway and will include reference to these guidelines and their use.”

In 2006/07, only three per cent of total complaints received by the IPCC related to discrimination. Read article

Download IPCC Discrimination Guidelines


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