On Tuesday the 3rd of March, 2015, AIPE had the pleasure of welcoming Constable Allison Kachoyan and Laura Clifford to give a talk to some of our ESL students about safety in NSW.
The presentation started with Constable Kachoyan explaining to students what NSW police carry with them at all times around their waist. This included pepper spray, a firearm, extra bullets, handcuffs and a baton. She revealed that most Australian police were likely to want to talk to a suspect before using anything around their waist. Kachoyan went on to describe situations where students needed to be careful; i.e. being asked for details without the policeman showing a warrant card.
Students were shown the three numbers to call if presented with an emergency, a non-emergency or a crime that they wanted to report anonymously.
The numbers for each situation are:
000 – Emergencies
131 444 – Non Emergencies
1800 333 000 – Report A Crime Anonymously
“If you see a car accident, call 000. If you see two people fighting, call 000,” Kachoyan said.
An app called Emergency+ is also available for free on the iTunes store and Google Play, which provides the caller with information about when to call 000 and provides the caller with information about who to call in various non-emergency situations. The app also displays the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location so the caller can relay it to the emergency operator.
Kachoyan had a few pieces of advice to give to the 45 students in attendance:
- Look both ways when crossing the road
- Don’t leave your valuables in your car
- Don’t carry all your valuables with you
- Use all your senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, touch)
- Don’t carry weapons (this includes pepper spray)
- Sit in the train carriage with the blue light outside it when taking the train alone or at night, as this is the Train Guards carriage
- Police are on trains, buses and ferries, so if you call 000, the Police Transport Command will be able to assist you
Students were then quizzed on what they had learned from the presentation, and the police let them know that they could find the Sydney City Local Area Command (LAC) on Facebook. Kachoyan also informed the students that there is a Facebook page to assist international students with safety in NSW, led by Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate.
At the end of the presentation, Constable Kachoyan warned students of recent problems the NSW Police Force had faced, such as share houses in the city where 15 people were living in 3 bedrooms, and landlords taking people’s property in lieu of rent.
Students then asked questions, with one student asking how long it took for police to arrive after a 000 call has been made. The Constable responded that it always depends on the situation and on how many other crimes are going on in the area. She ended by letting the students know that they were safe in the city, as police from stations in Kings Cross, Surry Hills and Redfern usually respond to calls in the city.
For more information about safety in the city, ask your teacher for Constable Kachoyan’s email address.