ACT Policing blog

In this section you will find direct posts from our Chief Police Officer for the ACT, and feature stories from our law enforcement subject matter experts.

 

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On the blog: Thank you and farewell Canberra

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Assistant Commissioner Saunders has worked locally, national and internationally over her 29 year career with the AFP. Her final two years have been spent as the Chief Police Officer for the ACT. Assistant Commissioner Saunders is leaving the AFP to take up a position at the Australian Border Force.  
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On the blog: Searching for our missing persons

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Detective Superintendent Jamey Bellicanta joined the AFP in 1985. He spent his first 15 years in ACT Policing working in General Duties, collision investigations and the Fraud Squad where he was designated a Detective. In 2000 he transferred to the AFP Tasmania office as an investigator, later returning to the mainland as an instructor at the Police College, School of Investigations.
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On the blog: Preventing alcohol and drug-fuelled violence in Canberra's entertainment precincts

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Sergeant Grant Bluett has been a police officer for 10 years. He was looking for a career where he felt like he was contributing to society and had an opportunity to work in a variety of areas, and so far it is exactly what he was looking for. Sergeant Bluett has a broad range of policing experience across various areas in ACT Policing including General Duties, Criminal Investigations, Community Policing Liaison Officer with Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Executive Officer to Chief Police Officer for the ACT.
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This year in ACT Policing

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As another year comes to an end and I wrap up my first year as Chief Police Officer for the ACT, it is timely to reflect on the past 12 months.
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On the blog: Putting an end to family violence

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Detective Station Sergeant Matt Craft joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1999 after working with New South Wales (NSW) Police for 10 years. A highlight of Detective Station Sergeant Craft’s career with the NSW Police Force was being a part of general duties at Manly Police Station where he met his wonderful wife. Detective Station Sergeant Craft had always wanted to be a police officer as his dad was a retired Superintendent with a long career in ACT Policing.
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On the blog: Community policing, a remarkable career

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Superintendent Corey Heldon has been a police officer for more than 27 years. Before Superintendent Heldon joined she was working at a bank and wanted a  more interesting and challenging role, so decided to join the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and is so glad she did. Superintendent Heldon has been managing ACT Policing’s Traffic and Emergency Management and Planning portfolio since April this year.
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On the blog: Introducing Constable Kenny Koala's new handler - David Packwood

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David Packwood has been an important member of ACT Policing for more than five years after he joined the Media Team back in 2012. Recently David became Constable Kenny Koala’s handler and has passionately taken on the role.
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On the blog: Educating Canberra's kids on staying safe

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Stewart Waters has been Constable Kenny Koala’s handler for the last 15 years, educating children on how to stay safe in our community.
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On the blog: Getting our youth home safely

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Detective Sergeant Rohan Smith has been a police officer for more than 27 years, and has spent the last five in ACT Policing providing the local community with a diverse range of domestic and international policing experience.
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On the blog: Supporting our gender diverse community

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All members of the community are important to ACT Policing but there are some communities that are considered vulnerable in regards to their ability to report crime or who experience higher levels of harassment including criminal behaviour. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community is one such community.
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On the blog: Working with our Multicultural community

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I have been a member of the Community Safety Team for the last two years and a Multicultural Liaison Officer for the majority of that time.
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Our focus for the year ahead

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Since commencing the role of Chief Police Officer for the ACT in November 2016, I’ve made the rounds to many areas of ACT Policing; meeting our officers and learning about the work they do. I can say with certainty – you’re in good hands.
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On the blog: Policing our neighbourhood

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I consider myself very fortunate for the community policing experiences I have had in the Australian Federal Police; not only here in Canberra where I grew up, but also abroad in Christmas Island and Cyprus.    
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On the blog: Working towards a zero road toll

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Driving motor vehicles is such an ingrained part of society that we could scarcely function without them. What people so often don’t realise, or forget, is that driving a 2-tonne metal box on a road can be dangerous, even deadly if it all goes wrong.
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On the blog: Tackling our drug trade in the ACT

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I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have experienced a variety of police roles around the world, each of these having an investigative focus; domestically, nationally and internationally. As Detective Acting Superintendent of ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations, one of my priorities is to target the manufacturers and the dealers of illicit drugs in the ACT: the traffickers that prey on the vulnerable and don’t care about the harm they cause.
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