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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2018/nov/09/melbourne-bourke-street-police-incident-declared-after-car-in-flames What we know so far One person has died after a man drove a car into Melbourne’s Bourke Street and attempted to stab people in a terrorist attack. The attacker was shot by police at the scene and died in hospital. Police said he and his family members were known to counter-terrorism. Two other men were injured and are in hospital, though their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The attacker had “barbecue-style gas cylinders” inside the car and set it alight. The man had a minor offending history of drug, theft and driving offences, and lived in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. Police did not confirm reports that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar”. Video
  2. Marky

    Starting fresh in Aus/NZ

    This is arguably a little premature still as I'm only half way through my degree so really won't be looking to do this for another 2 years from now, but-- it doesn't hurt to start research early and plan for the best route. I realise this part of the forum is a little inactive, but on the off-chance anyone who has first-hand experience with this or has done research on the matter I'd really appreciate it! -- So, a bit of a small backstory (I'll keep it short!). I'm doing a Policing degree at University, I've been a Special for over a year now and I've always had a desire to live/work abroad. Since my passion is still to be a bobby, I'd like to take what little experience I have as a Special and what I'm learning through my degree abroad and start fresh. Don't get me wrong, I love the UK but I'd love to be able to live somewhere new whilst I'm young. Seeing how NZ/AUS share a lot of common values with us, both in terms of culture (to a point) and from a policing/criminal-justice PoV, and how standards of living over there are quite something-- that is where I have ultimately set my goal. -- However, how I actually go about this is an entirely other matter. I've done a small amount of research into visas and the recruitment criteria, and as you have to be a citizen in both countries, I researched on how you'd go about this. It would appear you'd need a family member living over there, or a job lined up. I realise people on here aren't immigration experts, and I'm not really expecting that sort of answer, more-- someone who's looked into this themselves, or even better someone who's actually done it! I remember over-hearing a guy in a specials training event that he was joining WA Police (australia) in a month or so's time with his partner getting a job over there, but never got the chance to ask him how he's doing it! I've heard NZ is a lot easier to emigrate to due to slightly softer immigration laws but having heard so many tales of people who've done it (with what seems to be relative ease) how on earth have they done it? TL:DR; So really my question is, to anyone who know's about this sort of stuff or has done it themselves-- how do you go about doing it if you have no family over there? Note: To clarify, I'm not talking about transferring, I'm aware a scheme does exist with WA Police. I'm talking about starting fresh and going through all the training, since this won't concern me as I'm not a PC here.
  3. http://mashable.com/2015/04/16/police-selfies-lost-phone/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link Police officer posts selfies and puns on lost iPhone owner's Facebook page Image: Bella Crooke / Facebook By Jenni RyallAustralia 1 day ago Australian police officers aren't your average cops. Occasionally, they are caught dancing on the street and sometimes they troll members of the public on social media. Police in the New South Wales country town of Albury had a laugh on April 12 when an iPhone was handed in at the local station, after its owner lost it on a night out. An officer taught the phone's owner, Bella Crooke, a lesson in phone security by posting a selfie of himself on her Facebook with the advice: "You should probably put a password on your phone. When you are ready to pick it up it will be at Albury police station." Image: Facebook / Bella Crooke The authorities followed up with a couple of puns for good measure. "If your worried about the battery going flat, don't. By the time you pick it up it will be fully 'charged'," they wrote. "It is a great 'cell' phone." They included a photo of the phone locked up in a cell. Image: Facebook / Bella Crooke To top off their Sunday morning fun, the offices also sent out texts to her friends, hinting at the whereabouts of her missing phone. Image: Facebook / Bella Crooke Crooke, whose surname is perfect for for this situation, had been at a dress-up party the night before and left her phone behind, according to the Daily Mail. A security guard had handed it into the police station, but Crooke hadn't been able to get there until 1 p.m. "The phone is still here. Ready to be released early for good behaviour. Just waiting on Bella to post bail," a follow-up message read. When Crooke arrived she had no idea about the social media interactions that had been taking place. Albury Police Inspector Anthony Moodie told the Border Mail it is fine to access a phone to track down an owner. "It doesn’t surprise me the creative ways they come up with in getting property back to the owners,” he said. "Phone users should use the locking mechanisms on their phone so if someone should get a hold of it, they can’t gain access to their private lives." http://mashable.com/2015/04/16/police-selfies-lost-phone/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link
  4.       Almost 200 Australian paramedics have been drafted in to work in London in a bid to alleviate chronic staff shortages.   Around 175 medics have been recruited from cities such as Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane as the London Ambulance Service tries to cope with dwindling staff levels.   An LAS spokesman confirmed a "shortage of UK staff" in the NHS was the reasoning behind the move. According to recent figures from the Health Service Journal, some NHS trusts have been operating with vacancy rates as high as one in four, leaving ambulance services to head abroad to find staff.   Mitchell Hand, a graduate paramedic from Sydney set to treat patients on the road today, said he saw London "as a great place to start my career". "It’s the busiest ambulance service in the world and there are many different opportunities such as working on a motorbike, cycle or car or for the hazardous area response team, which we don’t get back home," he added.   The Service's Director of Operations Jason Killens said the scheme had been a "success" and confirmed they would be going back to Australia in March to look at more potential candidates. It comes as paramedics and hospital staff are set to go ahead with a 12-hour strike on Thursday in a row over pay.   http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/almost-200-australian-paramedics-drafted-in-to-work-in-london-to-help-with-nhs-staff-shortage-10002944.html

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