Anti social behaviour on freo police list

Anti social behaviour on freo police list

FREMANTLE Police senior constable Dan Colman was asked about how police tackled anti-social behaviour in Fremantle.

Below is the full interview.

1. What sort of behaviour falls under the “anti social” banner?

Anti-social behaviour is behaviour that is disruptive to and affects the normal behaviour and convenience of members of the community in some way, and may be described as offensive to the majority.

Types of antisocial behaviour may be things similar to;

·Unreasonable noise or annoyance.

·Swearing and using inappropriate language.

·Behaving in a manner that may be considered aggressive or threatening.

·Being abusive, even if not directed at members of the public.

·Inappropriate behaviour such as urinating in public.

·Being drunk and making a nuisance, inappropriate advances or interacting unwittingly with the public.

·Camping/sleeping in areas that interfere with others using that location for their normal lawful business.

·Aggressively begging and or intimidating people into giving money.

2. From a policing point of view, how disruptive is anti-social behaviour?

From a Policing perspective, anti-social behaviour can be very disruptive to the community and in many cases may also constitute a Criminal Offence or other offences dealt with by police, or outlined in local government by-laws and dealt with by local government employees such as rangers and community liaison officers.

Anti-social behaviour can change the way members of the community go about their lives and day-to-day business.

It may affect their feeling of safety and security or annoy them to a point that affects their comfort or sense of wellbeing in a particular place, thereby affecting the general atmosphere of a location.

Exposure to antisocial behaviour may cause businesses and areas associated with leisure and tourism to be affected because of the negative impact.

3. In what ways will the police be looking to enforce this?

Police take a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour and any offence identified are dealt with by caution, infringement, summons to court or arrest.

In addition, police who have reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence has just been or is about to be committed have the power to issue a move on notice.

A move on notice excludes a person from a particular area for a specified amount of time. Generally 12 to 24hours.

Police target their resources to areas where there are known high incidences of such behaviour and for this reason it is important for members of the public to contact police if they feel intervention is required.

It must be noted however that one person’s sense of antisocial behaviour is not the same as another’s and police make an assessment on a case-by-case basis.

Being homeless or having mental health issues does not constitute an offence and the public need to understand that these persons are part of our community and are not necessarily a threat in any way but may just be in an unfortunate situation.

In instances where police are contacted regarding the appearance or behaviour of an individual which appears to be unusual, they may be able to assist these persons or ‘build a report’ [sic] with the person and the caller to gain an understanding of the situation in an attempt to find a solution.

An unfortunately regular occurrence encountered by police is members of the community becoming involved in or verbally supportive of persons being dealt with by police.

While it is encouraged that complaints be made against police regarding use of outwardly unnecessary force or powers, judgement should not be made regarding the reason for police interaction or arrest.

Police officers are generally in possession of much more information about a situation than the public is aware of and this information is confidential.

It is an offence to obstruction police whilst executing their duty.

4. The city of Fremantle says Freo Police have already begun implementing some of the initiatives. Could you elaborate on what has been done so far and how the public is responding?

Fremantle Police are always available to attend incidents and respond to calls from the community, which they respond to on a priority basis.

It is always important to call police when you feel there is an issue as you may prevent a situation from occurring or not be aware of other information available to police regarding a situation.

Fremantle Police deal with antisocial behaviour as well as any other criminal offences they identify but are also there to engage with the community and local businesses regarding any policing related issues or provide advice, which they may be able to give.

In addition, Fremantle Police employ increased resources during the evenings on weekends to ensure any issues related to licensed premises or due to the increased numbers of persons visiting the area during those periods are dealt with.

Fremantle Police will soon commence bicycle patrols to cover a wider range, increase their ability to identify offences and respond to incidents in a more efficient manner.

Fremantle Police have received very positive feedback from businesses and the local community regarding their work and have recently been shortlisted after having been nominated for the WA Police Excellence Awards.

It is hoped this positive relationship with the community will not only continue and improve.

If you require police, please contact the following numbers.

131 444: For police attendance or to report an offence.

000: For emergency only

94301222: Fremantle Police Station for non-urgent advice or engagement

1800 333 000: Anonymous reports to Police.

For more information on the policy, click here

For St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s view on the issue, click here