Jury still out on police body cameras

Smile, you’re on body worn camera (WA Police) The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has published a report on the effectiveness of police body-worn cameras in Australia. The report is based on interviews with 899 people detained by police across Australia. It also examines some of the existing literature on body-worn cameras (BWCs), highlighting many […]

NSW councils lock onto graffiti vandals using smartphone app

By Paul Hemsley Walk down most urban streets, parks or laneways and it’s easy to get the impression of a gang infested, criminal hotspot thanks to the constant array of unwanted tags, squiggles and territorial markers left behind by vandalism posing as counter culture. Whether you call it art or criminal damage, the markings that […]

Queensland drafts graffiti vandals as council cleaners

By Paul Hemsley Vandals caught defacing public and private property could soon be forced to scrub off their own unsightly mess under a hands-on aversion therapy plan by the Queensland government that will let local governments pressgang offenders into the role of council cleaners. The plan to force taggers to erase either their efforts or […]

O’Farrell cracks down on nocturnal drunks

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski When the tragic death of Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross from a so-called king-hit made headlines across Australia, it was the final straw for the O’Farrell government. After several months of dramatic news reports filled with colourful identities and bikies parading their power, shootings in crowded streets and seemingly […]

Crime prevention framing safer communities

By Paul Hemsley Earlier in 2011, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) released its crime prevention framework based upon plans and strategies already in place in Western Australia (WA). Dubbed as a “model performance framework for community based crime prevention”, the AIC has collaborated with state agencies of crime prevention and local governments in evaluating […]

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