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Victoria Police Union Action Likely, Focus On Speeding Camera Revenue

Victorian police are threatening to not issue speeding fines, flash their lights to warn drivers about hidden cameras as industrial action heats up. Continue reading Victoria Police Union Action Likely, Focus On Speeding Camera Revenue

Victoria Police Fear for Safety With Criminals Emboldened By Pursuits Policy

A spate of violent attacks against Victoria’s police has fuelled concerns that young criminals are increasingly targeting officers and exploiting policies introduced to protect the public. Continue reading Victoria Police Fear for Safety With Criminals Emboldened By Pursuits Policy

Police Marched On SA Parliament House In Fight for Compensation

Several thousand police officers, their families and supporters have taken to the streets in a protest march at the provisions affecting them under the State Government’s new workers compensation legislation.

The rare protest — the last march took place in 1991 as part of an acrimonious pay dispute — was aimed at gaining support for a move to restore compensation and medical benefits for officers seriously injured in the line of duty.

The march, led by Police Association president Mark Carroll, his executive and workplace delegates, blocked two lanes of King William St and spread over two city blocks as it converged on Parliament House from Victoria Square.

The march was timed to garner support for an amendment to the Police Act being introduced in the Legislative Council later today by Family First’s Robert Brokenshire.

His amendment would restore benefits for injured police that have been taken away under the new Return to Work Act.

The Opposition and independents in the Upper House are planning to support the Brokenshire amendment, but the Government is opposing it and contending that seriously injured officers are adequately catered for under the Return to Work Act.

On the steps of Parliament House, speakers including Mr Brokenshire, Greens MLC Tammy Franks and Opposition legal affairs spokeswoman Vickie Chapman voiced concern at the predicament of injured police and urged the government to support the amendment.

“We want you to have the same protections as other police in the country, including the Australian Federal Police,’’ Ms Chapman said.

“It is utterly unconscionable to us the government won’t recognise the work police do. You sign that oath, you do the work and place yourself in danger for us and we respect that.’’

She said for the officers to be now in the position where they have to “go and beg for assistance with your arm shot off’’ was unacceptable and the Opposition would fight to rectify the situation.

Read more in The Advertiser.

SA Attorney General Snubs Police Association

A war of words has erupted between the state’s Attorney-General and the Police Union over claims used in their campaign against workers’ compensation reforms which he says are “incorrect”.

John Rau has accused the Police Association of South Australia of misrepresenting the support being provided to the face of the campaign, Senior Constable Brett Gibbons, under the new Return to Work scheme.

Under the new Return to Work Act, there is a two-year cap on income maintenance and a three-year cap on medical expenses.

Only workers who exceed a 30 per cent impairment scale would be classified as a “seriously injured worker” and receive benefits beyond those caps.

Mr Rau said that under the scheme a worker could be given an “interim determination” to be treated as a “seriously injured worker”, providing support past those caps.

Police Association state president Mark Carroll said the interim determination on Snr Const. Gibbons was simply a “stay of execution”.

“It simply means SAPOL intends to consider Brett to have a 30 per cent whole-person impairment until he can formerly be assessed,” he said.

“The interim determination simply means that SAPOL intends to consider Brett to have a 30 per cent whole-person impairment until he can be formerly assessed.

“But this determination bears absolutely no relevance to his post-assessment status.”

Mr Carroll said the Attorney-General’s assertion that “the matters so far raised by the Police Association … are built on shaky foundations” was nonsense.

“And, if our foundations were shaky, why would firefighters, ambulance workers, nurses, public-service unions, the Australian Lawyers Alliance, the Law Society of SA and the Australian Medical Association all hold similar concerns about the act?” he said.

Read more in The Advertiser.

National Police Union Concerned President Will Be Installed By Stealth

Police union members are concerned a small group of executives will install a new Australian Federal Police Association president without consultation.

Former president Jon Hunt-Sharman served his final day on Friday with his resignation announced to AFPA members on Monday morning.

He had held the position for nearly 20 years and resigned in the midst of a federal court investigation of election processes.

A number of police officers who are members of the association are understood to have raised concerns after receiving incorrect ballot papers.

Some members are also understood to have broader concerns about the running of the association.

The matter is set to return to court on November 14.

Read the full article in The Age.

South Australia Police May Begin Work Bans

Solo police patrols will be banned, one-man police stations in country regions face lengthy closures, foot patrols in trouble spots will be doubled up and some high-speed pursuits stopped if the dispute between police and the Government over workers compensation is not resolved.

A crisis meeting of police union delegates today is also expected to approve a major police protest march down King William St next Wednesday, culminating in a rally at Parliament House.

The proposed work bans and a wide range of other industrial measures will be pursued by the union if medical and compensation benefits for police seriously injured in the line of duty are not restored.

The move — the latest in the dispute over the new Return to Work Act — will intensify pressure on the government to back a legislative amendment to restore the benefits, that will be voted on in parliament on November 18.

After the delegates’ meeting, Police Association president Mark Carroll and secretary Tom Scheffler will meet Police Commissioner Grant Stevens later today to discuss any motions that are adopted and their ramifications.

Mr Carroll said each of the measures to be voted on by the delegates were to “ensure the safety of individual officers and reduce the risk of injury while on duty.’’

Source: The Advertiser.

Time to Boost Shift, Weekend and Public Holiday Penalties for Victoria Police

Police Association Victoria

Ron Iddles, the president of The Police Association Victoria writes in his brief to members:

With police resources stretched to the limit and our state’s population soaring at a rapid rate, our members are working more unsociable hours and weekends than ever before sacrificing all-important family, leisure and recreation time.

Most emergency services around the country, including other policing jurisdictions outside of Victoria, place a premium on working unsociable hours by paying fair penalty rates to employees. Police and PSO members in Victoria are the notable exception.

This is the reason why The Police Association’s EB log of claims seeks to address this obvious gap.

The state government and police command need to appreciate that unsociable work comes at a price and the time has come in Victoria to pay our members fair penalty rates. Weekends are still highly valued by all workers. This is still when weddings and other social events occur, and when children aren’t at school. Police do not get to pick and choose when they work; instead they are expected to turn up 24/7 to ensure the community is safe.

It follows that given that they miss out on many social events, weekends and even the enjoyment of special occasions like Christmas and Easter there should be reasonable compensation for their attendance at work during these times.

Our members are out there working hard to safeguard the community yet they get short-changed when it comes to the payment of fair penalty rates. That is why in the current round of EBA negotiations the Association is pushing for significant improvements to these rates.

Read the full TPAV brief.

Police Federation Asks Public To Support Local Police: The Great British Bobby

Spending cuts will spell the end of the traditional British bobby, the head of the Police Federation has warned.

While Britons would once have known the name and phone number of their local policeman, the next generation will grow up never seeing an officer unless they are unfortunate enough to experience a serious crime, Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation, said.

Budget cuts mean that police can now only afford to deal with crime when it has happened and can no longer be called on to intervene in neighbour disputes. As the Federation prepares to launch a major campaign this summer highlighting the value of neighbourhood policing, Mr White has called on the public to back the Great British Bobby, warning they will not know what they have lost until it has gone.

He said: “Our fears about the loss of neighbourhood policing are not just driven by our members, who say they are at breaking point and are unable to provide the service that they feel they should be able to provide, it is also driven by our deep concerns that the public will all of a sudden realise and appreciate what they once had when it has already gone.”

He also attacked Government claims that crime had fallen since the cuts began in 2010, suggesting it was simply because people were no longer bothering to report it.

Mr White said: “You have the traditional story of waking up in the morning and finding your lawnmower stolen, what do you do? Well, many people don’t do anything. People are saying what is the point in recording it? The police are stretched, what are they actually going to do?”

Read more in The Express.

Source: www.express.co.uk

National Support Line Set Up For Vulnerable Police Officers In The United Kingdom

A national support line for officers who are vulnerable has been set up through a joint partnership between the Police Federation of England and Wales and the Police Firearms Officers Association. 

The Welfare Support Programme will be able to access the right kind of help for officers who are considered vulnerable for any reason, which could include involvement in death or serious injury incidents, suspension from duty or potentially as a result of medical or personal reasons. 

The service can also help the families of officers and those dependent on them. 
The programme will provide a 24/7 support line manned by trained professionals; and a full-time welfare support officer who will work alongside federation representatives to support officers and their immediate families.
It is available to subscribing members of the Federation who have been involved in a death or serious injury incident at work that results in post incident investigation and to officers who are suspended from duty.
To access the programme, the National Federation said contact must initially be made with a local branch board or contact: stuart@pfoa.co.uk

Read more on Metropolitan Police Federation website.

Source: www.metfed.org.uk

Ipswich Police Communication Centre Moving To Brisbane Is A ‘Step Backwards’

A move to scrap the Ipswich police communications centre has been dubbed a backwards step that will threaten the long-standing working partnership with Safe City.

By March next year, the Ipswich communications centre will be no more, with the Queensland Police Service planning to relocate operations to a centralised hub in Brisbane.

Based at Yamanto police station, the Ipswich communications centre handles emergency calls from the public and radio transmissions between various police units.

The Queensland Times approached Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller for comment about the relocation but she said it was “an operational matter for the Queensland Police service”.

It was a lack of comment that angered the police union.

Mr Ian Leavers said there had been no consultation prior to the announcement.

“Dismantling the communications centre would be counter-productive.

“This would be a bad decision,” he said.

Read more in Queensland Times.

Source: www.qt.com.au