A task force of 30 police officers had been rushed together on this day in 1992 after "Canberra's worst week of street violence in memory".
Escalated traffic patrols, random breath tests and street patrols were on the agenda to combat bad behaviour. The weekend before, a man had died after an "altercation" in a city nightclub, and a woman was bashed on the Wednesday.
"There have been dozens of similar reports in the past week and police report 43 serious assaults in the past three months," a story on the front page of The Canberra Times said.
"One veteran officer said, 'there is more violence than police have ever seen in the ACT.'"
Then-attorney general, Terry Connolly, was understood to have responded to a three-part police bid for increased powers at the time.
Police wanted the ability to arrest street fighters, confiscate alcohol and, in "extreme cases", search and detain suspected offenders.
"However, boosting [Canberra city's] foot patrols is expected to have a negative impact upon administration areas, particularly the service of warrants and summonses," the story said.