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Police Report 5 September 2019

Thursday, September 05, 2019


Recent Protests

NIPF would like thank the organisers and participants of the peaceful protest march that was conducted on Tuesday evening, 3/09/2019, in town, which was completed without incident.  The protestors conducted themselves in a civil manner without disruption to traffic or businesses and got their messages out to the community.  The march was attended by approximately 60 persons who were protesting about their concerns for the impending importation of rock onto Norfolk Island which will be used to reseal the airport runway. 


NIPF do not get involved in the politics of these issues, always remaining ‘A’ Political and show no bias to either party involved.  Police are here to protect lives, property and keep the peace.  Police will take action should lives and property be put at risk or if there is a breach of the peace.


Should community members wish to conduct peaceful protests that don’t impact on traffic or businesses operating, they only need to advise police in advance and we will be available to attend and monitor the events to ensure public safety and security is maintained.  Large demonstrations that require temporary road closures can be facilitated; organisers just need to make an application to the Council and police.  These applications need to be submitted well in advance of the event occurring so that the application can be considered, certain restrictions agreed to and the general community and businesses can be notified.


There was a unannounced protest conducted on Monday morning, 2/09/2019, which involved a small group of community members stopping work being commenced at Ball Bay for the construction of a groin to facilitate the unloading of equipment and rock for the resealing of the airport runway.  These types of protests can be dangerous as the work there involves heavy machinery moving large quantities of boulders and the protesters put themselves and the workers at risk of serious injury and/or death.  The workers undertaking this work are local businesses contracted by Boral.  Trying to stop this work will affect the local business, so I would have thought that the community would be supportive of locals being employed to do this work.

Boral have provided the Council with all the information about how the resealing project will be conducted.  If you have concerns or want to find out further information, then contact your Council.  If the Council don’t have the answers then ask them to get the answers/information from Boral.  Boral are very open to providing the information on the project. 


NIRC have distributed a Question and Answer (Q&A) Fact sheet via email and are developing a website dedicated to the Airport Repair and Rehabilitation project.  I have been advised that this Q&A Fact Sheet will be in this weekend’s paper.  NIPF have printed off a number of copies which are available at the police station if you did not get a copy via email.


NIPF appeal to all protestors, ask the questions first and seek the correct information before taking risky action that will put people’s lives/property and businesses at risk.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies.


If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers.com.au or phoning: 1800 333 000


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470 

Norfolk Island 2899                                     

Email: enquiries@police.gov.nf

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POLICE REPORT – 15 August 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Road Safety

NIPF were visited by a Norfolk Island school student this week having concerns of road safety involving students.  The concerns the student had were witnessed by themselves and other student, which included the following Traffic Act breaches:

  • Speeding;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol;
  • Drug driving;
  • Texting, videoing and talking on the phone whilst driving;
  • Not wearing seatbelts;
  • Not displaying P plates;
  • Too many passengers in car for P platers; and
  • Reckless driving.

It is concerning to NIPF that children are committing these traffic offences at the beginning of their driving career.  Children learn behaviours from adults and road safety education starts at home.  Parents, please talk to your children about their driving behaviours as you are also responsible for their driving behaviour.  It goes without saying that if Learner drivers and Provisional drivers are caught by police committing the above traffic offences, they will be issued with a ticket and may be summonsed to court for the more serious offences that could result in loss of licence. 

Older students are also concerned about younger children when it comes to road safety.  The following behaviours have been witnessed:

  • Swerving across roads on bicycles;
  • Not wearing helmets when riding bicycles;
  • Bicycles in an un-safe condition; and
  • Not following road rules when riding bicycles.

Once again, parents please talk to your children about road safety at a young age, especially when they start riding bicycles. Road Safety starts at home.

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies.

If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Crimestoppers.com.au: 1800 333 000

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470 

Norfolk Island 2899                                     

Email: enquiries@police.gov.nf

Please 'contact us' for more information.

Police Report 1 August 2019

Thursday, August 01, 2019


Un-restrained children inside motor vehicles

Police have received several reports of children being unrestrained inside of motor vehicles.  This includes non-wearing of seat belts and children sitting on the laps of drivers and passengers.  The consequences of an unrestrained child involved in a traffic incident are clearly very serious. A report to the NSW Coroner in 2019 concluded that “ Just over half of the 66 children who died in crashes over the 10-year period 2007 – 2016 were not properly restrained in the vehicle”.  Please also be mindful, this statistic only relates to a child’s death, this does not include the often horrific permanent physical and psychological injuries suffered by them because of a driver’s disregard of the road rules.  Police on Norfolk Island have a zero tolerance policy pertaining to unrestrained children in vehicles and infringements (section 44F1 – Traffic regulations) to the value of $120.00 will be issued on the spot to the driver of the motor vehicle.  Should the child suffer a permanent injury or death as a result of being unrestrained then the driver would also face serious criminal charges that include imprisonment.  Please don’t allow this to occur and ‘buckle-up’ all persons inside the vehicle. 


Motorbike safety and responsibilities.

Motorbike riders, please remind yourselves of your legislative responsibilities of riding a Motorbike on the road.  This week alone Police have been forced to respond to incidents involving the carriage of pillion passengers contrary to their licence (ie: learners licence), persons on a push-bike being towed on the road by a motorbike, not wearing of approved safety helmet, not wearing enclosed footwear and riding at non-approved locations (ovals etc). Again, not only are infringement notices available for issue by police for these types of incidents, but police can also impound your vehicle for 7 days.  Riding a motorbike is a privilege but also comes with responsibilities.     


General Enquiry times for Police services – Non Emergency 8am-4pm

Please contact Police for all non-emergency matters Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm.  After hours calls are for emergencies or urgent inquiries only.  


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies.

If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Crimestoppers.com.au: 1800 333 000

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470 

Norfolk Island 2899                                     

Email: enquiries@police.gov.nf

Please 'contact us' for more information.

Police Report 26 July 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019


Give way to Emergency Services

A reminder to all road users, that if you see Police, Fire or Ambulance vehicles driving with their flashing red and blue lights on, and/or their sirens on, you are required by law move over to allow them past. Not only is it the law, but it may also be one of your family or friends that they are attending to.


Driving Near Horses
Police have received some reports of motorists driving dangerously around children riding on horses, both on the road and on private property. Horses are large powerful animals but they can easily panic and bolt if startled.

If you see someone riding a horse, please remember to:


- Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary
- Look out for riders' signals to slow down or stop
- Watch out for sudden movements, horses can be easily frightened and unpredictable
- Don't sound your horn or rev your engine
- Pass wide and slow when overtaking, giving the horse plenty of room
- Don’t accelerate rapidly once you have passed them.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies.

If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Crimestoppers.com.au: 1800 333 000


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470 

Norfolk Island 2899                                     

Email: enquiries@police.gov.nf

Please 'contact us' for more information.

Police Report - 18 July 2018

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Police Report 4 July 2019

Thursday, July 04, 2019


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Police Report 28th June 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019


Tax Time Scams

Please be aware of the rising use of bullying tactics by fraudsters at tax time to try and scare people into making payments or to hand over their personal and financial information such as their Tax File Number or banking information.  Targeting people at tax time is a “very efficient business model” for scammers, because people keep falling for the scams. The Australian Tax Office last year received more than 81,000 scam reports.


Our advice is to never immediately open any attachments or links on emails that claim to be from the Australian Tax Office or other government agencies. Instead you should telephone them or go separately to their official website. The Australian Tax Office will never threaten your immediate arrest or request your personal information via email, text messages or social media. This is a clear sign that the communication is a scam.


Kids about on the Roads

As are school holidays are just around the corner, there will be increased numbers of kids enjoying our island on the roads on their bikes and on foot.


For drivers, please keep a careful watch for children when driving in the shopping precinct or residential streets as children can very quickly and easily move from safety to danger. Children act on impulse and have difficulty judging speed and distance.


Our New NI Traffic Handbook is now available on line & in print FOC.

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies.


If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Crimestoppers.com.au: 1800 333 000

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470 

Norfolk Island 2899                                     

Email: enquiries@police.gov.nf

Please 'contact us' for more information.

Police Report - 13 June 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019




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Police Report 19th April 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019


Position vacant

Positions for casual gaolers with the Norfolk Island Police Force are open. If you interested in working with us, please apply at https://clientapps.jobadder.com/90755/effective-people/29844/gaolercorrectional-officer-norfolk-island


P Plate Curfew and Passenger Restrictions

Over recent weeks it has been brought to our attention that a number of provisional drivers are simply ignoring some conditions of their licences, mainly the 10pm curfew and single passenger restrictions.


We recognise that obtaining a drivers licence is part of growing up and becoming independent. However, holding a drivers licence is a privilege, not a right. These conditions, like all road rules, are put in place for one simple reason, to keep all road users safe. There are studies (as well as incidents that have occurred on Norfolk Island in the past), that prove that novice drivers are more at risk of having a collision while driving during the hours of darkness.


There are special provisions under the Traffic Act 2010 for provisional drivers to have their curfew hours amended to accommodate employment or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Unfortunately, hanging out with your friends isn’t one of those circumstances, so we ask that our provisional drivers abide by the conditions of their licences.

   

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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Police Report 5 April 2019

Friday, April 05, 2019


Traffic handbook

The newly revised handbook has been a huge success.  The handbook is available free of charge from the front office of our station, & as more copies are printed, from the front office of Norfolk Island Central School.


Drivers be aware of Road Workers

NIPF have received a number of calls from Council employees working on the roads that vehicles have been driving at high speeds and without consideration of the safety of those working on the roads.  Please slow down when approaching, passing and exiting the areas of roadworks as speed limits apply.  Police will target those driving recklessly or speeding in these areas.

   

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

Please 'contact us' for more information.



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