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Victoria Police Officers – Have Your Say On Police Pursuit Policy

Since Victoria Police released its restricted Pursuit Policy in July this year, The Police Association has received a steady stream of feedback from members. The feedback has been mixed but more recently it has focused on unintended consequences of the policy. Continue reading Victoria Police Officers – Have Your Say On Police Pursuit Policy

Victoria Police Warn On Sophisticated Cyber Predators

Police are warning parents that cyber creeps are getting more sophisticated in their grooming techniques and that assaults of underage children are occurring within weeks of their first online contact. Continue reading Victoria Police Warn On Sophisticated Cyber Predators

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

NSW Police Headquarters Shooter Identified, Linked To Terrorism

Forensics at the NSW Police headquarters
Forensics at the NSW Police headquarters

The teenager who fatally shot a New South Wales Police Force employee, Curtis Cheng, has been identified as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad.

Continue reading NSW Police Headquarters Shooter Identified, Linked To Terrorism

WA Police Union Renews Calls For Officers To Be Armed In Court


Existing security measures have been shown to be “working” through the response to a man who brought two knives into Perth Magistrates Court, WA’s attorney-general says.

The West Australian Police Union has used the incident on Tuesday afternoon to renew its call to overturn the ban on police carrying firearms, stun guns, pepper spray, batons and handcuffs in court.

“But there’s resistance from that occurring,” WAPU president George Tilbury told reporters. “We’ve been lobbying government for that change since January this year. The attorney-general and the premier will not be moved.”

“Things need to change for the safety of police officers and the community.” Mr Tilbury said a man brought a kitchen knife and a hunting knife through the security checkpoint on Tuesday and was chased by unarmed security guards into the toilet area.

Armed police were then called.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Victoria Police Academy Builds Higher Perimeter Fence At Glen Waverley Site

The Police Academy in Glen Waverley is now ringed with black fencing several metres high.
Before the new installation. Picture: Google
Before the new installation. Picture: Google

Spokeswoman acting communications manager Catherine Allen said such measures were never discussed in detail and would not be providing further comment.

A senior police officer for the region said the change was a result of internal security changes and did not reflect a heightened security risk in the area.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Police Fear for Their Own Safety As the Spread of Methamphetamine Soars

More than 80 per cent of police feel vulnerable or at risk while on the job, a new survey has revealed.

Three quarters of respondents to the Police Association of Victoria’s Priority Policing Issues Survey listed drugs – ice in particular – as a key crime issue facing police today.

Some 83 per cent of the 3000 respondents to the union’s survey also said they believed current levels of substance abuse had made their job different than it was three years ago.

Five Mildura police officers faced months of health tests for Hepatitis and AIDS after restraining a man covered in his own blood in May.

Read more in Sunraysia Daily.

WA Police Minister: Arming Police In Court Not Realistic In Immediate Future

West Australian Police Minister Liza Harvey says it is not realistic for police to be armed in court in the immediate future but that she is sympathetic to their plight.

The police union is fighting for officers to be able to wear their weapons in court and has upped the campaign since changes were made to NSW legislation earlier this month to allow it.

But Ms Harvey said it took time to make changes to long-standing conventions.

Premier Colin Barnett told Parliament this week he could see circumstances where a heightened level of security would be required.

“Terrorist acts, bikie gangs … those would be examples,” he said.

But he said he would prefer police not to carry weapons in court.

Read more at ABC News.

NSW Police Get An All-Clear On Guns In Courts


Police officers will be able to carry their guns into NSW courtrooms from next week, amid heightened terrorism fears.

Police Minister Troy Grant announced a new protocol on Tuesday that allows officers to wear their weapons while giving evidence or briefing prosecutors inside court complexes without having to seek special permission from the judiciary.

“This is a common sense approach at a time our nation faces a high terror alert and when we’ve seen police overseas become terror targets themselves,” Mr Grant said.

Read more in The Mercury.