Sunday, January 17, 2010

Making a police complaint: Safer communities together.

I attempted to make a minor complaint to the police today. I don't often complain. I can't think of a time when I last did.

So I looked at the police website to see how to make a complaint. It said to ring or go to your nearest police station. Nobody was at my nearest police station so I rang another one. They said I had to go and make a complaint and speak to a person in a certain section of the police in person. When I informed this young boy that he was in the section that he told me to go and see, he said, I still had to come down, even though the police website said I could make a complaint over the phone.. He then asked if anyone's life was in danger. I then said that I didn't think anyone's life was in danger (actually it is near impossible for anyone's life to be in danger for such a complaint) and I asked why the question was asked, and if that would make a difference as to whether I could lay a complaint.He said " Well the Mungrel (sic) Mob could be after him or something".

After that response, I wondered why I bothered to try and make the complaint in the first place. Next time I'll ring the Mongrel Mob.


Anonymous Sam the clown said...

Hey Dave,
I see you have experienced similar challenges when trying to lodge a complaint for what may be criminal offences. I have a lot of respect for the police and wonder whether they feel so overworked and understaffed that often their first repsonse to receiving a complaint is "that's a civil matter, you'll have to take that up with your lawyer . . ."

January 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM  

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