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ACT cops want you: police recruitment drive at festival

Canberra's cops are on the hunt, but this time it isn't for criminals.

Instead, they're looking for new members to fill and diversify their ranks from the local community.

ACT Policing will be using their stall at the National Multicultural Festival over the weekend to promote their annual recruitment drive, as well to promote key safety messages for the capital's multicultural and wider community.

Officer-in-Charge of Crime Prevention Sergeant Harry Hains said the Multicultural Festival offers a chance for police to engage with a broad spectrum of people.

“With more than 260 000 people in attendance, it’s an ideal opportunity for us to directly engage with the community, and encourage greater diversity within the service, which is something we strive to achieve," he said.

“It’s important that we reflect the community in which we serve, and we acknowledge the value people with a different background bring to our workforce.”

Sergeant Hains said police would also be looking to reinforce correct methods for the community to contact police.

“We often find that in stressful situations, and in emergencies, people will revert back to what they were taught from their country of origin. Numbers like 911, 113 or 999 won’t work, and it’s vital that our community is aware of who to call.”

ACT Policing will have wallet size pocket guides at its stall, which outline the appropriate emergency service to contact.

“It’s also important that people are aware of the difference between emergency Triple Zero (000) and requests for police assistance (131 444) so we can ensure we triage and respond to priority incidents which are life threatening,” Sergeant Hains said.

The police stall will be located on City Walk, near The Canberra Times Fountain.

4 comments so far

  • Good initiative!

    Date and time
    February 08, 2013, 10:24AM
    • I would suggest to make the 'requests for police assistance' number a shorter 3 digit number which can be easily remembered. 131 444 is too long for older people i guess.

      Date and time
      February 08, 2013, 11:17AM
      • I agree, what is wrong with 911 as we are going the American way, even down to the police uniforms with that baseball cap.

        Date and time
        February 08, 2013, 7:05PM
    • Perhaps, just perhaps, if the present crop of ACT Police Officers that lounge around the City Centre and the major shopping centers made an attempt to look like police officers and not "rent a cop" with dirty unpressed uniforms, etc, then some of the ACT public may want to join their ranks.

      Or they may want to join so that they can walk around the shopping centres with their Maccas, cokes and coffee etc.

      In the shopping centres the centre's security personell look smarter and better dressed, and more importantly - approachable.

      Date and time
      February 08, 2013, 7:00PM

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