ACT Policing apologized for a controversial tweet comparing ACT Watch House to a “boutique” hotel

“A minimalist decor welcomes guests to one of Canberra’s most exclusive boutique residences,” reads the now-deleted tweet

“With 38 beds, the ACT Watch House is the perfect place to reflect and reflect on your own path through life #cellfie #watchhouse”

According to Green Minister Emma Davidson, who has the youth justice portfolio, the police need to rethink their decisions

“Given the psychological well-being of the people who end up in the guardhouse, I think you need to think about what you actually get with tweets like this,” Ms. Davidson tweeted

The post comes after a year in which the death of US man George Floyd in custody sparked global demonstrations against police brutality

An investigation into guardhouses is ongoing in Queensland after 49-year-old Shiralee Tilberoo died at Brisbane City Watch House in September and Vlasta Wylucki, who died at Southport Watch House in 2018, under a separate investigation into the death of Cindy Miller, Brisbane mother, at the Ispwich guardhouse also investigated that the police guardhouse’s procedures were appropriate

The ACT Watch House itself was the focus of a 2007 Commonwealth Ombudsman report after a woman at the City Watchhouse was spayed with pepper spray and not decontaminated for two hours due to a shift change

In 2017, Greens Chairman and Corrections Secretary Shane Rattenbury promised that the ACT government could and would do more to keep people safe after Aboriginal man Stephen Freeman died at the Alexander Maconochie Center in 2016 / p>

ACT Policing also came across criticism of a social post last week with a picture of five balaclaved men wearing Santa hats on a police car

“Here are five people you don’t want to let slip out of your chimney this Christmas #tacticalresponseteam #TRT,” reads the now-deleted post

“Yesterday, ACT Policing posted a post on its social media channels that featured a cell at the ACT Watch House,” he said

“As part of its strategy to prevent alcohol-related violence during the holiday season and on New Year’s Eve, the Post should encourage people to reflect on their decisions when an evening leads to arrest and detention at the guard house, police are regularly involved in incidents where a decision affects the victim and the perpetrator for the rest of their lives

“The posts have now been removed as we have recognized the community’s concerns about vulnerable Canberrans in the judicial system. ACT Policing apologizes to anyone who was offended by or had problems with the posts

“Earlier this month, ACT Policing also published a post on its social media channels in which the AFP Bearcat and members in balaclavas were introduced. This post has also since been removed”

The spokesperson said that ACT Policing’s feedback on the tweets was reviewed, although it was found that “there have been negative and positive responses”

“ACT Policing regularly uses humor to convey public safety messages to people who might otherwise not be involved with the police,” said the spokesman

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