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South Australia Police (SAPOL) has released the state and Local Service Area (LSA) crime statistics for March 2014 which can be found on this site by clicking on the crime statistics button in the information bar to the right.
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For the past 12 months SAPOL has been conducting a series of events to commemorate 175 years of policing in South Australia. On Sunday, 27 April 2014, SAPOL's year of historical reflection will conclude with an Open Day at Thebarton Police Barracks (corner of Gaol and Port Roads).

Open to the public from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, this event will feature community interaction and displays from a diverse range of specialist areas across SAPOL. History buffs can take a step back in time with a tour through the South Australia Police Museum motor enthusiasts will enjoy the array of historic police traffic vehicles on show. Mounted Operations Unit will provide horsepower of a different kind while Dog Operations Unit will highlight their fine pedigree with demonstrations throughout the event. Horses and dogs won't be the only attraction for children, with the adjacent Road Safety Centre open for young cyclists to enjoy.

Throughout the day's festivities, the Band of the South Australia Police will entertain the crowd with their eclectic mix of melodies. Guests can also enjoy the BBQ and morning tea on offer.

The Open Day is a final exclamation mark on a successful 12 months of events and activities held throughout the state to allow staff and the community to honour the fortitude and sacrifices of our police, celebrate their successes and reflect on the defining moments that have shaped SAPOL and the state.

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The Late Night Trading Code of Practice has improved public safety in central Adelaide according to the latest reported crime statistics.

Introduced on 1 October 2013, the Late Night Code of Practice requires licensed venues trading beyond 3.00 am to adhere to conditions such as not accepting new patrons after 3.00 am, and refusing re-entry to patrons who leave the premises. Among other measures, the new Code also stipulates the use of metal detectors, high definition CCTV and an early morning ban on glassware.

Figures show a significant drop in 'offences against good order' (down 24 per cent year-on-year), which includes offensive conduct and public order, drug and weapons offences.

The legislation is proving to be a valuable tool in reducing both violence and public order offences which can escalate into violent situations. However, police can't tackle the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence alone - it takes a co-operative approach by a variety of agencies, licensees, and the wider community.

Read more at SA Police News.

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This year SAPOL is commemorating 175 years of policing in South Australia in a variety of ways - including the weekly publication of historic photos courtesy of the South Australian Police Historical Society.

Today we look back on the history of police training. In the early days all training occurred at the Police Barracks located on North Terrace, Adelaide from where police also fired the noon day gun that enabled city residents and visitors to adjust their clocks and watches. New Police Barracks, built at Thebarton on 1917, featured a dormitory, kitchen with mess room, stables, chaff house, saddlers shop, quartermasters store, farriers shop, gym and administration buildings.

The training was still very basic until 1933 when Commissioner R L Leane introduced a revolutionary recruitment program to employ youths aged 17-19 years. A year later the Junior Constable system was introduced and remained in force until 1970.

On 30 November 1961 then Police Commissioner John McKinna was given the keys to the old Fort at Largs by Army Commander Brigadier CE Long. This facility was used as the Police Academy for 50 years, with more than 8,000 police graduating after training there. On 8 February 2012 a group of 25 cadets, who began their training at the old Fort Largs Police Academy in 2011, were the first to graduate from the new state-of-the-art Police Academy at Taperoo.

Read the full story in our Moments in Time.

Photo: (left) drill practice through the fort entrance in the 1960s; (top right) cadets undertook dance classes as part of their training in the 1960s and early 1970s; (middle right) new recruits arrive in the 1980s; physical training for cadets involved running in the sand dunes at Largs Bay in the 1980s.

Moments in Time - Training


An internal review by SAPOL has identified that a fault in a software upgrade saw 2,854 expiations issued with the incorrect offence code and descriptor. The software fault - which covers expiations issued from March 1 to 20 - has been resolved. All of the incorrect notices have been withdrawn and SAPOL is sending a letter to all affected drivers.

The expiation notices will be re-issued with the correct code and descriptor. SAPOL can assure all drivers they will not have to pay an amount higher than the initial notice issued.
The re-issued expiations will allow additional time to pay. Those who have already paid the notice will receive a refund cheque. Drivers can elect to use the cheque to credit the new notice.

If a payment arrangement has been made, the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer will transfer it to the new notice. Notice holders should contact the Fines Enforcement Unit on 1800 659 538 when they receive the new notice.

Withdrawn notices will not be accessible on SAPOL's online photo page, however access will be restored once the notice is re-issued. For those whose expiations are unaffected by this fault, you can still view the digital photographs related to your fine on the Expiation Notices page on the SAPOL website. For those who don't have online access, photos can still viewed at Police Headquarters in person or be emailed or posted, by following instructions on the back of the expiation notice.

Further information is available by contacting the Expiation Notice Branch Call Centre on 8463 4388 during business hours.

Read more at SA Police News.

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Details of wanted registered child sex offenders in South Australia will be published online by SAPOL from today, under strict new regulations. An amendment to the Child Sex Offenders Registration Act 2006 allows the online publication of specific details.

This information includes photographs of registered child sex offenders who have either failed to report to police as required or provided false or misleading information to police; and whose whereabouts are unknown.

The publication of this information, which will include the offender's full name and date of birth, will occur on this website. As of today there are two wanted registered child sex offenders on the website.

The aim of the publication is to locate the wanted offenders, with anyone who knows the location of any individual featured urged to call police immediately on 131 444, or to call Crime Stoppers with information on 1800 333 000.

The public and media are reminded that under the Act it is a criminal offence to misuse the information on the website - specifically it is an offence to "publish, distribute, or display any photographs or personal details published by this site, without prior written approval of the Minister for Police". Details of any new wanted offender will be added to the SAPOL website in keeping with the Act, and their details will be removed when they are located by police.

Registered Sex Offenders


The 2014 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on Friday, 21 March 2014. This annual day provides a focus for all schools to say 'Bullying. No Way!' and strengthen their existing everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.

SAPOL's key message for the day is "if you wouldn't say it to their face, don't say it at all".

With bullying increasingly becoming a problem online, SAPOL has developed a 'cyber safety' poster containing valuable information on ways to keep safe online. The poster provides safety tips to ensure that the internet and mobile phones are used responsibly, so that everyone has an enjoyable online experience. The poster also stresses the importance of children telling an adult they trust if something makes them feel uncomfortable online and reporting any suspicious or dangerous online activity to police on 131 444.

Posters will be displayed in local kindergartens, schools and libraries. Copies of the poster can be obtained by contacting SAPOL's Blue Light Sergeant at

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An innovative new education package designed by SAPOL's Road Safety Section will give Year 10 students a different perspective on how their maths and science lessons apply to real-world situations. The package, called 'Crash Scene Investigation' or CSI, uses practical road safety examples to explain Newton's Laws of Motion and other scientific formulae included in the current Year 10 curriculum.

The comprehensive package comprises several distinct components, including a presentation to students' parents, a science lesson plan and crash scene reconstruction activities. Students can even test their driving skills at the wheel of a virtual reality simulator, attached to a real car, which demonstrates to students how easily driver distraction can contribute to road crashes.

The classroom component of the package deals with principles of momentum, inertia and the coefficient of friction. Students also review ANCAP crash-test footage which demonstrates the forces at work during a vehicle collision. Following the classroom sessions, students are assigned a crash scene reconstruction project which requires them to apply their learning.

For further information on 'Crash Scene Investigation', or to book, please contact SAPOL's Road Safety Section on 8207 4668.

Read more at SA Police News.

Road Safety Driving Simulator


There have been some important amendments to the Firearms Act 1977 and Firearms Regulations 2008 that you may need to be aware of if you own a firearm.

Earlier this month provisions of the Firearms (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2013 and Firearms Variation Regulations 2014 commenced operation. To help you better understand the changes, South Australia Police (SAPOL) has developed a Summary of the Major Reforms and an Information Guide which are available here.

In respect to the regulations, it has been agreed that Regulation 4A - concerning prohibited firearm accessories - will not be enforced until after 30 June 2014.

Between now and June 30 there will be a grace period. Prohibited firearm accessories can be surrendered to police, or where police, as part of normal business, identify prohibited items they will be seized but no charges will be laid. Any prohibited firearm accessory seized by or surrendered to police will not be destroyed until 30 June.

Please note: adapted silencers and prohibited firearm accessories should only be presented at a police station during daylight hours, must be securely boxed, bagged, or wrapped and bound prior to arrival, and may only be removed from the covering by a police officer.

Enquiries to SAPOL's Firearms Branch, telephone 08 7322 3407.

Read more at SA Police News.

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An exciting opportunity exists for those interested in a challenging and rewarding career, with eight new OPS2 level Protective Security Officer positions now available in the Police Security Services Branch Security Control Centre (SCC).

Working in state-of-the-art facilities, SCC operators support police operations through the provision of protective security services on a 24-hour-a-day basis to South Australian government infrastructure and assets. As a Protective Security Officer you will play a vital role in monitoring electronic security devices including alarms, CCTV, GRN radio channels and emergency telephones for government agencies in addition to coordinating appropriate responses to detected incidents.

Vacancies will be advertised in the Career One section of The Saturday Advertiser on 15 February 2014 and will also appear online on the Seek, Career One and Notice of Vacancies websites from that date.

If you, or someone you know believe they have "what it takes" to work as a Security Control Centre Operator and relish the opportunity to work as part of a professional team, we want to hear from you.

To read more about becoming a Protective Security Officer, visit For further information or an application pack, please contact PSSB Operations Coordinator Maryanne Cave on 820 74104 or email

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SAPOL's Road Safety Section, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission, provides road safety education across the state to all South Australians.

This is provided to schools free of charge and highlights the five main causes of fatal and serious injury crashes - drink/drug driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, distraction whilst driving and driving dangerously.

A flyer has been developed to provide detailed information about SAPOL's road safety presentations, each tailored to the educational needs of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students.

The compelling interactive presentations are provided by a police officer who specialises in road safety education on the choices, risks and consequences involved in driving a motor vehicle.

To book one of these free sessions, please contact the Road Safety Section by telephone on 8207 6585 or via email.

Remember "Road safety is everyone's responsibility to stop dangerous drivers".

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SAPOL's Sexual Crime Investigation Branch is undergoing a major restructure, with a renewed focus on targeting online sex predators who prey on children. Sixteen more police officers will join the branch, to be renamed Special Crime Investigation Branch, to monitor and track child sex offenders.

This restructure is aimed at better protecting and supporting those most vulnerable in our society - children and those with specialised needs. The new branch will not only investigate sexual crimes, but also assist, safeguard and advocate for all victims identified as having special needs such as cognitive disabilities. The additional officers will be allocated to one of three areas:

  • the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team - six highly specialised police officers will form a permanent ICE team following a successful trial
  • the Australian National Child (Sex) Offender Register (ANCOR) - a further five police allocated to the case management of those listed on the ANCOR
  • the Victim Management Section (VMS) - a new unit with five committed police officers working with those victims of crime who have specialised needs to improve support services and improve court outcomes.

It is expected that all positions will be filled and the re-structure complete by 1 July 2014.

Read more at SA Police News.

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In a major initiative, million-dollar rewards are being offered by the South Australian government in relation to 13 cases involving the murder or disappearance (and presumed murder) of children.

Police hope the offer of these substantial rewards will encourage someone with intimate knowledge in each case to come forward with that vital information, and in turn bring some peace to the families involved.

There is $13 million being offered in the reward program - with those cases directly involving the murder, or disappearance and presumed murder, of 18 children. The cases which will now have a $1 million reward on offer for information leading to a conviction include the disappearance of the Beaumont children in 1966, the murders of Meredith Pearce and her three children in 1991, and the disappearance of 12-year-old Rhianna Barreau who was last seen in October 1992.

Any member of the public with information in relation to these cases is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online. Your confidential information may be the single missing piece of information police need to locate and then convict the offenders.

Read more at SA Police News.

Download the Million Dollar Reward for Unsolved Cases poster


On 7 February 2014 provisions of the Firearms (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2013 and Firearms Variation Regulations 2014 commence operation. These enactments facilitate several amendments, to the Firearms Act 1977 and Firearms Regulations 2008, including the introduction of new criminal offences.

To assist the firearms community and public in understanding these legislative reforms, South Australia Police have developed a Summary of the Major Reforms and an Information Guide.

Read more.

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The South Australia Police Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014 - 2016 was officially launched on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 along with other State Government Reconciliation Action Plans at an event hosted by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, The Hon Ian Hunter MLC.

The RAP reaffirms SAPOL's commitment to reconciliation and builds on a strong foundation of engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and leaders across a broad spectrum of service delivery. It also strengthens SAPOL's engagement with its own workforce in acknowledging reconciliation and supporting an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, values and tradition.

The RAP contains actions and targets under the headings of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities and has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

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Senior Constable First Class (SC1C) Danny McGurgan has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day 2014 Honours List for his service to the Cadell community. SC1C McGurgan was recognised for his community work as a resident, with his campaign to save the town's ferry from closing noted as one of his outstanding civic achievements. The loss of the ferry, which has operated since 1921, would have devastated the region, with a significant impact on horticulture, tourism and emergency services.

The long-time resident of Cadell has been stationed at Waikerie Police Station since 1999. Over the years, SC1C McGurgan has been chairman of the Cadell Community and Tourist Association, treasurer at Cadell Primary School, the organiser of the biannual Cadell Scarecrow competition and helped temporarily resurrect the town's cricket club.

Read more at SA Police News.

SC1C Danny McGurgan


Three SAPOL officers have been recognised in this year's Australia Day Awards. Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Stephen Taylor, Detective Senior Sergeant First Class (DSSgt) Joanne Sharman and Senior Constable First Class (SC1C) Peter Thompson were each awarded the Australian Police Medal in recognition of their distinguished service.

DCI Taylor's career has focused on the criminal investigation environment, particularly in CIB and specialist drug and organised crime investigation. He has been a key figure in SAPOL's outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG) enforcement activity for more than 15 years and has developed an intimate knowledge of OMCG identities and their criminal operations.

In a near 30-year career with SAPOL, DSSgt Sharman has specialised in investigating sexual assault cases. Her leadership in complex and protracted sexually based serial crime investigations, and her thoroughness and tenacity, has secured convictions and substantial imprisonment terms for offenders. DSSgt Sharman is highly regarded for her mentoring skills, professionalism and her empathy with victims.

In 2005 SC1C Thompson was at the forefront of the introduction of drug testing legislation in South Australia, which continues to be the basis of the efficient and effective drug testing regime we have today. He has contributed significantly to the evolution of the drug testing concept and to road safety both in South Australia and nationally and is widely considered the most knowledgeable police officer with respect to drug testing in Australia and arguably the world.

Read more at SA Police News.

Australian Police Medal 2014


The current issue of Blueprint (PDF 12.2 MB) contains stories about our people, their achievements and key issues affecting SAPOL. In coming weeks we'll be highlighting some of these stories, with the first being Operation Nomad, which is particularly relevant during this week's heatwave.

The annual Operation Nomad sees police resources spreading like wildfire to monitor known firebugs and proactively reduce the incidence and impact of fires across the state. This fire danger season SAPOL is extending Operation Nomad to raise community awareness of the key signs of arsonists practising their potentially destructive craft, through the 'Practice Makes Perfect' campaign.

While often appearing insignificant, random patches of burned earth, trees or shrubs along walking trails and local parks, or even a scorched fence, could be signs of a bushfire arsonist at work. Some arsonists practice lighting small fires before attempting a larger target, so these signs could assist with early identification and apprehension and prevent the destruction caused by a bushfire.

Read more about Operation Nomad in Blueprint.

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People who behave inappropriately on public transport will face immediate consequences with the introduction of Transit Barring Orders from today. Transit Barring Orders will apply to commuters who commit anti-social crimes on public transport or at stations, including assault, offensive behaviour, disorderly conduct or property damage.

Offenders can be issued barring orders for the mode of transport where the offence was committed or a property, including a railway station, for a designated period of time. Transit Barring Orders can range from short-term bans of up to 72 hours to six-month bans or even permanent barrings, depending on the seriousness of the offence.

A six-week education campaign will take place to ensure that commuters who choose to behave in an anti-social manner know exactly what the outcome of their actions will be.

Read more at SA Police News.

Transit Barring Orders

Isaac Borg recently experienced first-hand an action-packed day in the life of a South Australian police officer. The 11-year-old was the deserving winner of the Holden Hill Local Service Area (LSA) Crime Prevention cycling safety poster competition, beating around 300 entries to claim this unique prize. He also won a brand new bicycle and enjoyed a concert at his school from the Band of the South Australia Police.
During Isaac's day 'on the beat', he horsed around with the Mounted Operations Unit at Thebarton Barracks, met the best noses on the force at Dog Operations Unit, had a noteworthy tour of the Band's rooms and experienced a taste of SAPOL's rich and diverse history courtesy of the South Australian Police Historical Society.
After enjoying lunch at Police HQ, Isaac travelled to Holden Hill Police Station where he was presented with a special certificate and SAPOL hat by Superintendent James Blandford, Officer in Charge of Holden Hill LSA. He also had his fingerprints taken and toured the Holden Hill Courts.
Isaac really enjoyed his day, and says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.
Photo: Superintendent Blandford and Isaac with his winning poster.
Superintendent Blandford and Issac Borg


Recently access to safety camera photos was placed online and mobile safety camera practices and expiation notice review guidelines were released. 

To provide greater transparency in the safety camera process, SAPOL has now released the Fixed Camera Operating Guidelines in one document that can be downloaded. 

This document précis the policies and practices that SAPOL apply in the operation of fixed safety cameras.

SAPOL is committed to transparency.  To find out more, download our Fixed Safety Camera Operating Practices document.

Fixed Safety Camera


The latest issue of SAPOL's magazine, Blueprint (PDF 12.2MB) is out now. In this edition you can read stories about our people, their achievements and key issues affecting SAPOL including:

  • A positive PACT with the local community in Elizabeth Local Service Area.
  • Operation Falcon swoops on crime across the metropolitan area.
  • Serious and Organised Crime Branch - tackling the serious business of organised crime.
  • In the line of fire with the Explosives Coordination Section.
  • SAPOL's 'Local Hero' - Senior Community Constable Dean Walker.
  • Police Dog Koda's dogged determination to return to work after injury.
  • Operation Nomad - turning up the heat on firebugs this summer.
  • A history of women policing in South Australia.
  • Caught in a web of deceit - the murder of Carly Ryan.
  • Exposing the dangers of online predators.
  • The Band of the South Australia Police strikes a chord at the Basel Tattoo.
Blueprint Issue 3 2013 cover


A free Emergency+ app has recently been launched by emergency services across the country. The app, which can be downloaded free to smartphones, Android and iOS devices, helps people pick the right emergency number to call for help in emergency and non-emergency situations and to pinpoint their correct location.

Developed by the national Triple Zero Awareness Work Group (of which SAPOL is part of), the Emergency+ app allows people to call Triple Zero and identifies their location via GPS tracking. Currently the app requires users to first call 000, the State Emergency Service or police 131 444 line.

If the caller is unsure of their exact location, they are asked if they have the app on their smartphone and if they can then verbally read out their exact latitude and longitude GPS coordinates from the app.

With approximately 66 per cent of all incoming calls to Triple Zero now made from mobile phones, this app takes away all the guess work. Not only will it reduce the stress for a distressed caller struggling to explain where they are, it will also enable call-takers reduce the time taken to establish locations, allowing them to move quickly on to the next incoming emergency call.

Read more at SA Police News.

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Recently access to safety camera photos was placed on line and mobile safety camera practices were released. To provide greater transparency in the expiation notice process SAPOL have now released public guidelines for expiation review processes in one document that can be downloaded.

This document précis the policies and practices that SAPOL apply when reviewing an expiation notice. It also provides advice on what information is required when submitting a review.

SAPOL is committed to transparency. To find out more download our Expiation notice review guidelines document.

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SAPOL's Crime Prevention Coordination Unit has launched 'Hands Off', a new crime prevention initiative to drive down car theft and theft of property from motor vehicles.

Developed in partnership with Crime Stoppers, the 'Hands Off' campaign delivers two key messages: 'There's No Joy In This Ride' and 'No Gear Kept In Here'.

Police encourage vehicle owners to send a clear message to opportunistic thieves by affixing a distinctive 'Hands Off' sticker to their car. 'Hands Off' stickers can be obtained by contacting the Crime Prevention Section at your local police station. You can also book a presentation for police to attend your community group to discuss motor vehicle security.

There are some simple precautionary measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of your vehicle and property being stolen. Download this fact sheet for a number of helpful and practical suggestions.

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The Elizabeth Neighbourhood Policing Team's (NPT) positive impact on the local community through the innovative Police and Community Together (PACT) program has been recognised with success at the Playford Alive Local Heroes Awards.

The brainchild of Elizabeth NPT member Senior Constable Jason Hill, the PACT concept brings together local community members, government agencies, local businesses and community groups with the intent of reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in a specific area.

The PACT program was bestowed the 'Service to Community: Group/Organisation' award for generating a renewed sense of civic pride in the Playford Council Area. This has been achieved through establishing a youth and community club, creating a community garden, upgrading a local playground and various other initiatives to improve the relationship and trust between police and the community.

Senior Constable Hill's leadership and tireless effort in driving PACT saw him take home the coveted 'Service to Community: Individual' award.

Photo: Constable Adam Osborne, Senior Constable Jason Hill, Constable Luke Horjus and Constable Tristan Fantinel with the awards.

Read more at SA Police News.

Elizabeth PACT award recipients 2013


SAPOL's mobile safety camera program aims to reduce the risk of road trauma by slowing traffic through changed driver behaviour. Evidence shows that speed is a contributing factor in over 30 per cent of crashes on South Australian roads. Small reductions in speed can result in a much larger percentage reduction in road death and injury and the extent of road trauma. It is known the risk of a casualty crash in suburban streets doubles for each five km/h above the speed limit a driver allows.

This transparent approach to speed detection was recently highlighted by the introduction of online access to safety camera photos. Now SAPOL has released its operating practices for mobile safety cameras.

To find out more download our Mobile Safety Camera Operating Practices.

Mobile speed camera mounted on a motor vehicle


Coober Pedy Senior Community Constable Dean Walker has won South Australia's Local Hero Award for his efforts to improve relations between police and Aboriginal communities in the state's Far North.

A lynchpin in the Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta communities, Senior Community Constable Walker has shown excellence in bravery, sensitivity and cultural awareness. His community involvement includes coaching sporting teams to bring together young and old Aboriginal men and helping indigenous offenders to get their lives back on track.

The highly respected officer was responsible for delivering SAPOL's Aboriginal cultural awareness program, which increased members' cultural knowledge of indigenous issues. He continues to use his advocacy, communication and leadership skills to connect the local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to influence society for the better.

Senior Community Constable Walker is now in the running for the Australian of the Year Awards to be announced on the eve of Australia Day in January 2014.

Read more about our local hero on the Australian of the Year Awards website.

Dean Walker Community Constable - SA Local Hero


South Australia Police's Annual Report for 2012-13 was tabled in Parliament on 29 October 2013.

The Annual Report covers:

  • SAPOL's Vision and Strategic Direction 2012-15
  • Items of Interest
  • Policing Activities
    • Crime Trends
    • Public Safety
    • Crime and Criminal Justice Services
    • Road Safety
  • Organisational and Financial Information.

The Annual Report is now available for downloading.

SAPOL's Annual Report 2012-13 cover


The Fire Danger Season can be an anxious time for many South Australians, especially those living or working in rural areas. Fires can be started by a range of causes, some natural and some accidental, but unfortunately a large number are deliberately lit. By being vigilant and reporting the signs of deliberately lit fires we can work together to stop arson burning a trail of destruction through our communities.

Operation NOMAD, SAPOL's response to the threat of bushfires in South Australia, this year includes a new arson prevention campaign with the theme: 'Practice makes perfect. Arsonists may be practicing in your local area. Don't let them perfect it. Fires can kill. Report it'.

Arsonists are known to often ignite small fires, practicing their methods before escalating to larger and potentially more devastating bushfires. What may appear to be a seemingly insignificant fire may hold vital evidence and demonstrate an arsonist's pattern of crime.

Police should be notified of ANY fire remnants you may see on walking trails, roadsides, in parks, etc. If you see signs of burnt out spot fires or anything suspicious - no matter how insignificant it may seem - immediately call the Police Assistance line on 131 444.

If you have information about arsonists or their illegal activities, report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at You can remain anonymous.

For information about how to help prevent arsonists targeting your home, business or school contact the Crime Prevention Section at your nearest police station or view the fact sheets.

Read more at SA Police News.

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SAPOL has refreshed its suite of crime prevention booklets, covering personal safety; home security; and business security.

The booklets contain updated and new crime prevention information which you can use to protect your home, business and your family.

The fresh look and feel has been adapted to a series of over 40 crime prevention fact sheets which are a great quick reference guide for simple crime prevention tips.

Download the crime prevention fact sheets and booklets. Copies of the crime prevention booklets are also available from Local Service Area Crime Prevention Sections.

Preventing Crime booklet


Operational police in Elizabeth Local Service Area will be the first to trial hand-held computer tablets as part of a 12-month trial across SAPOL to commence in February 2014. Announced by Premier Jay Weatherill, the $1.7 million trial will enable police to enter data into SAPOL's computer systems without having to return to a desktop computer in the police station, thereby saving time and increasing the capabilities of patrols.

The use of hand-held computer tablets will also reduce travel time, allow other officers access to information more rapidly and improve the frontline capabilities of police.

The 12-month trial ensures SAPOL remains at the forefront of modern policing by moving to capitalise on the technological advances in mobility and improve capabilities to optimise investigations and responsiveness.

Read more at SA Police News.

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Keeping a firm grip on your bike when riding is a basic rule, but you also need to keep a good handle on it when you are off it as well. South Australia Police has teamed up with Watch SA and Bicycle SA to develop a 'Bicycle Passport- A guide to keeping your bicycle safe', providing simple security steps for cyclists to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

The passport works by asking bicycle owners to write down identifying features and take a photograph of the bicycle to make it easy to identify if stolen. Crime prevention tips also urge owners to 'lock your bicycle effectively - always lock your bicycle's frame and both wheels to a secure object.' Help to protect your bike by following the advice in this passport.

Download a copy of the Bicycle Passport or contact your Local Service Area Crime Prevention Section.

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Benny Pit was recently honoured as the first member of the Police Volunteers Program to have provided 1,000 hours of service. The public relations volunteer at Elizabeth and Salisbury police stations was presented with an engraved plaque and certificate in recognition of his milestone by Commissioner Gary Burns.

Mr Pit performed his first shift with SAPOL at Elizabeth Police Station on 3 August 2010, along with 29 other public relations volunteers. Today 10 of those initial 30 are still making a valuable contribution in the volunteering team.

The Police Volunteers Program began in 2010 with the recruitment of 157 people. The program has now grown to 343 volunteers, with more than 35,200 hours contributed to SAPOL over the past three years.

Volunteers are not only involved in public relations where they provide an extra layer of service at police stations. They also play a vital role in areas such as Blue Light, Puppy Development Program, South Australian Police Historical Society, the school program and as role players and police chaplains.

For further information about SAPOL's Police Volunteers Program contact the State Coordinator on 7322 3216 or 7322 3217 or visit the website.

Benny Pit Volunteer photo


With the revitalisation of the rail network well underway, SAPOL's Transit Services Branch has produced a timely reminder for the travelling public who access the Adelaide Metro network.

The Travel Safety Guide is a handy pocket-sized guide containing valuable safety tips and information for commuters using public transport.

The guide is available from the Adelaide Metro Info Centres located on the corner of Currie Street and King William Street in the city and at the Adelaide Railway Station. You can also download a copy of the guide here.

SAPOL's Travel Safety Guide cover


SAPOL's 'Where is? Property Theft Prevention' posters aim to raise the community's awareness about securing personal property when out and about. 

Licenced premises, including hotels, cafes and restaurants can be seen as an easy target for the theft of handbags, tablets and mobile phones. 

This campaign poses the question to people, 'Where is?' their personal property to remind them to take care of their valuables when out and about.

Posters should be displayed in highly visible areas, such as café and hotel entrances, outdoor dining areas and amenities to maximise the visual reminders to customers. 

To obtain posters for your business contact your Local Service Area Crime Prevention Section.

Theft posters rotating


A limited edition 'historic police bear' is now on sale as part of SAPOL's commemorations for 175 years of policing in South Australia.

Dressed in the original 1838 uniform of the day, the bear is available for $50 (plus postage).

All profits from the sales will go to SA Police Legacy, which helps the families of any SAPOL officer who dies either while in service or in retirement.

The historic bears are available from all branches of Police Credit Union, the South Australian Police Historical Society and the Police Legacy office (telephone 8232 5513).

With only 500 available, they are sure to sell out quickly.

For keen arctophiles (those who collect teddy bears) Police Legacy also has the new SAPOL bear available for sale.

Dressed in the new dark blue uniform, the bear can be yours for just $30.

Either bear will ensure that your next teddy bears' picnic will be a safe and peaceful event.

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'Prevention First': Crime Prevention Coordination Unit delivers a new Shop Theft Prevention Strategy.

'How will you be leaving the store today?'

The aim of the Shop Theft Prevention initiative is to engage potential shop theft offenders by causing them to rethink their behaviour.

The poster is designed to be displayed in highly visible areas, such as entrances, change rooms and point of sales in any retail business. This will assist to maximise the opportunity to prevent shop theft crime.

The shop theft crime prevention posters are available through Local Service Area Crime Prevention Sections.

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Commissioner of Police Gary Burns has released the South Australia Police (SAPOL) Strategic Direction 2012 - 2015. The Strategic Direction 2012 - 2015 is the guiding document for the delivery of policing services to the community with the SAPOL Vision to provide "A visible, responsive police service for all South Australians".

The Strategic Direction has eight main goals, as the key elements of a visible and responsive police service. It describes how these goals will be achieved, through four main areas of focus. These target police visibility and availability, community contact, engagement with our people and innovation to maximize effectiveness and responsiveness.

Read more about the South Australia Police Strategic Direction 2012 - 2015.

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