Even in Australia. And especially if all you’re holding is a knife (or as they say down there, a noif). As dailytelegraph.com.au reports, “… a man entered the foyer of Curtin House in Beaufort Street at 2.50am then allegedly threatened a security guard with a 10cm blade, believed to be a fishing knife. The man allegedly demanded cash and drugs from police before officers tried to negotiate with him. Police used a gun to keep the man at bay and later subdued him with a Taser stun gun.” No word as to the suspect’s blood alcohol level or pizza craving quotient. This police station, by the way, spends $850,000 AUD a year on private security. To protect the police station. From a disarmed populace. Oi! Oi! Oi!

16 Responses to Pro Tip: Don’t Attempt an Armed Robbery at a Police Station

  1. The sign is funny:
    Police
    24 Hour

    Soon in Detroit, it is going to be:
    Police
    Monday – Friday 9AM-5PM
    For after hour emergencies please call 1-YOU-ARE-DEAD
    Thank You

    • In the US we would hear that they hired private security because they didn’t want to hire any more union employees.

  2. Private security for gov’t facilities is generally used for guard duty against property crimes. Keeping eyes on the buildings, vehicle lots, storage, etc isn’t something you want to have your trained, sworn officers doing full time.

    That said, I think the outsource-everything virus sometimes causes irrational decision making. I don’t necessarily believe that it’s cheaper to pay a for-profit security company than to hire a lower tier of non-sworn police staff to do the job.

    • From what I’ve seen working Security in DC… It’s easier for any entity to play hot potatoe when their contracted security does a no-no.

  3. Interesting. Our station is guarded by – wait for it – police officers! Or, if you prefer, armed civil servants. Peace Officers. We’re just not as creative as they are down under. Oi!

  4. So, are the hired Security People armed with guns? Or, was this a case where the armed Police had to intervene to protect the unarmed Security People? Why are all of QE II’s Subjects so screwy? I’ll bet Her Majesty packs and that’s why she always has that purse on her arm.

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