Victoria police officer resigns over health orders

“In order to be able to continue this important work, it is essential that our employees are vaccinated in line with the latest mandate of the government. This ensures that their colleagues and the community are not exposed to the risk of spreading the virus by the police.”

A new protest against lockdown restrictions is set to take place in Melbourne on Saturday with organizers using social media to urge people to go outside again.

Acting Staff Sgt. Christel Mitchell during the interview.attributed to him:Special

It is highly unusual for police to speak without the permission of their superiors, especially when expressing concerns with serving members.

In the interview, which was published on social media, Ms. Mitchell appeared in her full outfit, with her name and rank badges clearly visible on camera.

Mrs. Mitchell said Police aggression cases It was, in her view, attributable in part to the enforcement approach taken by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.


“I think the reason, or the problem, as to why the police might feel more emboldened to act the way they do in relation to these more draconian actions is because of the messages that come from Dan [Andrews]She said.

“Everyone listens to Daniel Andrews, he’s our state’s premier and he tells us what to do every day.”

Ms Mitchell, who says she works on gender equality and inclusion, said it was not easy for her to make the decision to speak out about the concerns of some of her colleagues within the force because doing so would likely cost her job.

“How I see my organization being used during this pandemic has bothered me a lot. She said the stories they tell me, the stories they share privately on our federation Facebook page about their experiences dealing with the community during the pandemic… it’s really hard for them.”

“Partly, the reason I wanted to do this while on duty and in uniform today is for the community to see that not all cops are against them, and for the police to see that it’s not all the protesters who come there to fight with you are a minority, there is a minority on both sides.

“The way we police now has completely changed, and the vast majority of the focus of policing is on CHO directives that you know are a violation of your everyday freedoms.”

Friday police officers They expressed their anger and resentment at what they said were major tactical and communication errors of the police leadership that led to several injuries during a violent protest last month.

Their concerns were articulated in a harsh review of the Police Association that recommended urgent changes to how the force handles demonstrations in the wake of the September 18 protests, which saw hundreds march on the streets of Richmond and Kew and violently clash with police officers’ public duty lines.

The review, which was completed this week, found that many members were frustrated by Victoria Police and that the force had failed to protect them at the violent demonstration, during which 10 officers were injured. The union said it had heard from a thousand members about the incident, many of whom were angry or sad.

A police union spokesman said the organization was “busy” supporting police and protection service officers during the pandemic, which has caused health risks, a significant workload and great responsibility.

“We wish this former member of the Victoria Police Department all the best and hope she gets the support she needs,” the spokesperson said.

With Erin Pearson.

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