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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 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

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.