Journal THE POLICE ASSOCIATION VICTORIA UPHOLDING OUR RIGHTS SINCE 1917
www.tpav.org.au VOLUME 77 ISSUE 7 JULy 2011
ALSO THIS MONTH
> TImELy Tax aDvICE
> OH&S TRaINING
> HOw THE aSSOCIaTION
aND mORE ...
THE POLICE ASSOCIATION
No. 1 Clarendon Street, East melbourne 3002
Telephone: 03 9468 2600 Fax: 03 9495 6933
Freecall 1800 800 537 (outside metro area only)
Mr Brian Rix − President
9495 6899 (wk) 0419 545 127 (mob)
Mr John Laird − Snr Vice-President (Sth Melbourne CIU)
9646 7475 (wk) 0419 104 383 (mob)
Mr Phil Pearson- Junior Vice-President
(Region 3 H/Q, Broadmeadows)
9759 6680 (wk) 0439 301 741 (mob)
Mr Karl David APM - Treasurer
(Frankston Police Station)
9784 5555 (wk) 0419 822 000 (mob)
Mr Dermot Avon - Assistant Treasurer
(Properties Branch, Business management)
9247 3058 (wk) 0418 582 861 (mob)
Mr Dean Anderson (Transit Safety Division)
9247 3300 (wk) 0438 877 220 (mob) Protected
Mr Colin Birch (Corio Police Station)
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Mr John Carter (Carrum Downs Police Station)
8770 4100 (wk) 0418 346 429 (mob)
begins in earnest
Mr Glenn Holland (Purana Task Force)
9865 2865 (wk) 0425 876 067 (mob)
Mr Paul O’Connell (Moreland CIU)
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Mr Mark Rose (Melbourne HWP)
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Mr Dean Thomas (Latrobe CIU)
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Executive members’ home phone numbers are
available after hours in strictly urgent cases only.
Their numbers may be obtained from the on-line
supervisor at D24 on 9247 3222.
Secretary: Greg Davies
assistant Secretary: Bruce mcKenzie
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Industrial Relations manager: Chris Kennedy
administration manager: Sylvia Loveless
Communications manager: Sandro Lofaro
Editor: Shirley Hardy-Rix
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The Police association (victoria) Journal is published
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Published by The Police association
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The statements and/or opinions expressed in The
Police association Journal are not necessarily those of 06 Protected Industrial action General meeting
The Police association or of its officers. The association
publishes all material herein from various sources on
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the understanding that it is both authentic and correct
and cannot accept any responsibilities for inaccuracies.
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Lights, cameras, 22 members’ Gallery
ACTION 24 your Say
ALSO THIS MONTH
Protected Industrial action.
25 Honour wall − Tynan & Eyre
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> PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Let’s not waste this opportunity
to restore our once-great force
ith the resignation of It is clear that the OPI has used intrusive
Chief Commissioner telephone intercept powers to snoop on Brian rix > PRESIDENT
Simon Overland, victoria the private conversations of persons within
Police Force has an government and high office within victoria
opportunity to re-focus our Police Force. The question is yet to be
commitment to the people of victoria under answered as to what heinous crime these Police association
a new leadership model. persons are supposed to have committed
to warrant such investigative action.
members are sick
Police association members are sick and
tired of politics infiltrating policing and The spirit of the Telecommunications
and tired of politics
influencing decisions to the detriment of (Interceptions) act allowing telephone infiltrating policing and
our core function − protecting and serving intercepts meant that their use was strictly
the people of victoria. overseen. a high level of scrutiny over not influencing decisions
Commentators and media reports talk about
only the product from the intercepts, but to the detriment of
also that investigators had exhausted all
a ‘back to basics’ approach needed in victoria.
It is clear that victorians want an end to social
other avenues of inquiry and prove, via our core function −
experimentation and meddling that has done
affidavit that this was the only course of
action was strictly enforced. I’m sure those
protecting and serving
nothing but destroy proven police practices.
Police association members have voiced their
affidavits would reveal how competent or the people of victoria.
otherwise OPI investigators are at doing
opinions loud and clear with the Executive.
their job in accord with the act. It is clear
They also yearn for a Commissioner who ultimate sacrifice. One person from each
the OPI has no oversighting mechanisms
wants to re-focus on what’s important to State will be nominated to carry the baton
and is not accountable to anyone in its
members and the community. Contrary to the National Police memorial ceremony.
application of telephone intercepts.
to what some commentators think, The
The motorcycle ride will leave the Police
Police association is not stuck in the past. we are heartened by the comments of mP
memorial on St Kilda Road on Friday
we want progression and improvement andrew mcIntosh, the minister responsible
16th September after a short memorial
in police practices. we want victoria to have for implementing the new Independent
service at 7.30am. The ride will travel to
the best trained, best equipped and best Broad Based anti Corruption Commission
Lakes Entrance where local service clubs
supported police force in the country and that there will be appropriate oversight built
will provide lunch, then onto merimbula
our members to be rightly compensated into any new anti-corruption body.
overnight. On Saturday 17th September,
for the commitment and sacrifices given
participants will ride to Canberra and
to protecting our community. Remembering mates meet up with fellow police officers, their
The Police association believes that there Once again there will be a wall to wall Ride friends and family on motorcycles for a
is a great opportunity for a person with for Remembrance held in 2011. The purpose joint ride and ceremony at the National
a visionary approach along these lines to of the event is to remember our colleagues Police memorial. This year, there will be
take the reins and work with us, the elected who have paid the ultimate sacrifice a social evening function at manuka Oval
representatives of the membership, to protecting their community, promote safe and a BBQ breakfast on Sunday the 18th at
build victoria Police Force into the great motorcycling practices and raise funds for the IDG facility prior to heading home. It is
organisation it has the potential to be. Police Legacy. memorial batons for each anticipated that 1,000 riders will participate
jurisdiction have been hand made and from all jurisdictions. all Commissioners
OPI abuse of power? will be delivered to each Commissioner support this event and I encourage all
while yet to be established, there is the throughout July for use at this year’s event. members who are interested to log onto
stench of another abuse of power by the Each baton is hollowed out and will carry www.walltowallride.com pay the registration
Office of Police Integrity. the names of members who have paid the fee and participate in this great event.
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> SECRETARY’S MESSAGE
EBA 2011: Great start to
protected industrial action
want to take this chance to
congratulate all of our members
The [protected GrEG DaViES > SECRETARY
on the way in which you have industrial] actions are
pursued our protected industrial
actions to date. having the desired making the final criteria for applicants
This is your only opportunity to let effect; be in no doubt "victorians need not apply" makes no sense.
The best candidate cannot possibly be a
Government know how you feel about
being told to take an effective pay cut, after
of that. your continued person who has no knowledge of the history
years of under-resourcing and unrealistic commitment will ensure and traditions, the good and the bad, the
personalities, players and the expectations
that the message is of the force and the community in victoria.
The actions are having the desired effect;
be in no doubt of that. your continued received by Spring The Governor in Council appoints Chief
Commissioners in this State. That has
commitment will ensure that the message is Street, and received always been the way and, with only very few
received by Spring Street, and received ‘loud
and clear’. ‘loud and clear’. exceptions, it is a system that has served
Despite all of the recent issues surrounding encourage members to regularly check our
The calls for some sort of unwieldy
policing in victoria, we can assure you that website − www.tpav.org.au - as that is
committee to make the decision are
the Enterprise Bargaining is and will remain currently our best form of communication.
unrealistic and smack of "we don’t know
our number one priority until a deal is
New Chief Commissioner: whether it would be a better system, but
concluded that provides you with fair and
Time to ‘Pick a Vic’ let’s change it for the sake of it."
reasonable wage outcomes.
The recent resignation of the former Chief while bipartisan political support for
That’s no more than you deserve.
Commissioner provides an opportunity the nominated person would be helpful,
The association has been regularly updating for Government to appoint a home town particularly in the current climate, it is the
our website with information as it comes to candidate. Government of the day who is elected to
hand and has, occasionally, sent SmS text make these decisions for the community.
In every state of australia, except South
messages to every member who has lodged
australia, their police forces are led by a local It is a vitally important decision, and one that
a mobile telephone number with us, drawing
(South australia, of course, has a victorian must be done correctly, but it is the current
attention to some of those updates.
as their Commissioner). we simply cannot Government who must make that decision.
we will continue to do that but, while we understand why it is that victoria now sees They must then stand back from the new
do not use Police Force e-mails - in line itself as incapable of producing its own Chief Commissioner and let him or her get
with our protected industrial action - we policing leaders. on with the job.
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 05
photos by gregnoakes.com
On Tuesday, June 7 at 7.00 am callers to talkback radio began ringing in with
reports of police cars sitting behind fixed and mobile speed cameras with
their lights flashing. The protected industrial action had begun.
his unusual action was all part when pushed by the media on that point
of the association’s campaign Greg Davies said. "I fail to see how a police
for wage justice for police. vehicle with its emergency lights activated
alerting motorists of the has any adverse impact on the public."
location of the ‘safety’ cameras
The motoring public showed their support
is just part of the industrial campaign
by tooting their horns as they passed the
police have been forced to undertake
because of the paltry pay offer made
by the Bailleau Government. The association has been quick to point
out that police would not be drawn
The Government has offered a 2.5 per away from there their duty to carry out
cent increase with no productivity rises the industrial action. The public was
unless police delivered cash back from the reassured that this action is only done by
police budget − an impossible hurdle. The police when they are not on active police
Police association claim for 4.5 per cent is duties or response duties. It is protected
affordable, fair and reasonable. industrial action signed off under the
Police sitting behind camera cars or fixed Commonwealth Fair work act. It is a
cameras with their emergency lights lawful action.
flashing is not something motorists will The association believes this action will work
object to. and achieve a proper pay claim for members
"If drivers slow down when they see the and that is as a direct result of the resolve
police cars they will save themselves some shown by the members in adhering to the
money and help the police get a decent pay working bans.
rise," said Greg Davies on the first day of the In the early stages of the industrial
industrial action. action there had been no response from
The government coffers swell by more than Government. The association believes
$5 million per week from speed and red light it is in for the long haul.
cameras. Greg Davies predicted that the "This may take a little while. Our industrial
industrial action could cost government up action will end when the Government wants
to $2 million per week. it to end by coming to the table for the first
Some questioned how police could take this time in seven months.
action and not jeopardise public safety. "The Government needs to strike a deal for
a wage claim that is now only one per cent
"The idea of a speed camera is to slow
above the inflation rate. Ours is not an
traffic down, but that usually happens
outrageous claim. we didn’t want to get to
when people receive a fine in the mail −
this point. we were forced in to it. we are
a month or more after the event. while
talking with Force representatives who have
that has the effect of slowing down
no power to discuss wage increases. They
the next time they are in the car, this
are not authorised to talk about money.
has the effect of slowing drivers down
ABOVE: Greg Davies speaks to the media on the
at the time. If anything, it increases first day of the industrial action.
"If they don’t come to the table it will go
community safety." through until the next election."
06 Protect Represent Support. www.tpav.org.au
Since June 7 you’ve
been actively working
towards getting a
realistic pay deal from
> Not provided information
or advice other than in an
operational context to other
Government departments or
agencies, including meeting with
those departments and agencies.
> Banned the preparation
and provision of statistical
information to the victoria Police
Force, Force management or the
Government, including completion
of maS/time attribution sheets.
> Not attended the Supreme or
County courts as witnesses other
than in reply to a subpoena.
> Not served subpoenas or
transport witnesses for the Office
of Public Prosecutions.
> Not volunteered to perform
voluntary duties under Clause 11
of the victoria Police workplace
> Not used email.
> Not taken receipt of speed
camera films at police stations
> attended at locations where fixed
speed and red light cameras, or
mobile speed camera cars are in
place and activated the flashing
lights on your vehicles, for periods
of up to 15 minutes at a time.
RIGHT: alerting motorists of a speed camera.
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 07
Members continue to let
their displeasure at the
Government’s wage offer
be known from the day
the protected industrial
action began last month.
Time isn’t dampening your
enthusiasm. Our industrial
action must continue
he association has received a
steady stream of encouraging
feedback from members about
the effective impact these actions
when you park near a fixed or mobile
speed camera motorists are slowing down
in response to your warnings. This is
keeping the motorists safe and affecting
government revenue from these normally
lucrative speed cameras. This is happening
across the state, not just in melbourne.
Some members are being told by camera
operators that capture rates by some
ABOVE: motorists have no doubt there are speed or red light cameras in these areas.
cameras have declined substantially; some
by as much as 90 per cent as a result of the
industrial action. speed camera locations with plenty of time while this is extremely pleasing, we urge
to slow down. members to continue to enforce these
many motorists are also honking their horns
actions unabated. There is no room for
as they pass the police cars with emergency and we know that you are not neglecting your
lights activated. They are showing their other duties by spending 10 or 15 minutes of
support for the police’s fight for improved your shift at a camera location rather than Only by continuing these actions are we able
wages and they are showing their thanks for going back to the station for a break. to maximise our bargaining strength at this
the warning. critical stage of the negotiation process.
moreover, our feedback is also telling us
Peak hour traffic heading in to melbourne that the other industrial actions enforced The government has to listen to our
from Geelong and the western suburbs were by members are similarly having the calls for a fair and reasonable outcome
among the motorists who could see the desired impact. to EB 2011.
08 Protect Represent Support. www.tpav.org.au
> IR NEWS
Stressed out by your rejected
stress claim? Help is at hand
ChriS KEnnEDy >
he association has noticed a action’ includes but is not limited to a range INDuSTRIAL RELATIONS
growing trend in the number of of different actions including; performance MANAGER
stress claims being rejected by appraisal, suspension, transfers, demotion/
the Force’s workCover insurer promotion, dismissal etc.
over the past year.
Because of the changes to this clause, For this reason it is vital that members
In april 2010, following an extensive review on most occasions, workCover insurers record stressful incidents at work, either
of workers Compensation laws, the victorian are likely to reject a claim on the basis of with supervisors or higher management
Government decided to make many reasonable management action unless the and keep contemporaneous notes in their
amendments, which have had the effect of worker can prove that their stress has been day book.
making it more difficult for our members caused by reasons other than the action
If you are feeling stressed and are not
to have their workCover claims approved, taken by management.
travelling well at work or at home, see a
particularly those relating to stress.
Because the list of management actions doctor. It is important that an assessment
Changes made to section 82(2a) of the now has no limit, claims are likely to be takes place at the time you are feeling
accident Compensation act, which expressly rejected and harder to dispute. stressed. Clinical notes made by a doctor
applies to ‘mental injury’ claims, effectively should be used as evidence for any
Prior to these changes made to the act,
broadened the number of exclusions underlying psychological injuries should you
most rejected stress claims made by police
to eligibility for compensation for those need to lodge a claim in the future.
were overturned once it was issued in court.
members who suffer stress related injuries.
If you’re thinking of lodging a workCover
In short − they have broadened what they Sometimes issues of performance or
claim for stress, we urge you to contact the
don’t have to pay you for. behaviour are the symptoms of a pre-
association in the first instance.
existing stress-related injury. Policing
The act now states that there is no
is a job that is inherently stressful The association has a full-time workCover
entitlement to compensation for a worker
and in most cases the stress has officer on staff to offer specialist advice and
with a ‘mental injury’ that is caused
developed over a period of time and is assistance to members who are claiming
wholly or predominantly by ‘reasonable
often not recorded until later. However, compensation for work-related injuries.
members seem to only seek assistance we also offer expert legal service to all
Herein lies the big change − it then goes on when their performance or behaviour members who require advice on any workers
to explain that ‘reasonable management is questioned. compensation matter.
nEED ConfiDEntial anD profESSional CounSEllinG?
Members should also be aware that the Association offers a range of welfare
services including a 24-hour counselling service through our Member Assistance
Program. PPC Worldwide is an organisation contracted by the Association
to provide our members and their families access to free professional and
Members should note that any consultations with PPC Worldwide are kept
strictly confidential and no records are provided to the Victoria Police Force as
If you or a member of your family requires assistance for any kind of problem,
whether personal or work-related, contact the following number to arrange an
appointment with a professional counsellor anytime: 1300 361 008
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 09
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Our take on Simon
On Thursday, June 16 Chief Commissioner Simon Overland announced his resignation.
This opinion piece by The Police Association’s Secretary Greg Davies was published in
the Herald Sun on Friday, June 17.
T For a Chief Commissioner to resign his
he victoria Police Force belongs
to the people of this state − you
pay for it, it exists to serve you and position can never be a good thing. what can
protect you and to act as a Force for good,
on your behalf. be salvaged, however, is that it presents a
In the current state of policing in victoria, major circuit-breaker in the turmoil that has
now is a time for consolidation. Stability,
consolidation and a future direction, built on
engulfed policing in this state for too long.
the solid foundations of community based
policing, is what is needed now.
> GREG DAVIES
make no mistake, yesterday was not a good
day for the victoria Police Force. For a Chief
Commissioner to resign his position can
the safety of victorians. The most critical for him, and we have not spoken for over
never be a good thing. what can be salvaged,
appointment in respect to the safety of three weeks and I have no idea of what his
however, is that it presents a major circuit-
victorians is that of the Office of the Chief intentions may be.
breaker in the turmoil that has engulfed
Commissioner of Police. Our job is to represent our 12,200 members
policing in this state for too long.
It is our view that Government, via the to the best of our ability. all those
we believe it is the perfect opportunity members want is to be well-led, to be
Governor in Council, needs to appoint either;
to stop, take a deep breath and go back resourced and fairly paid to do the job
a victorian who has come through the ranks
to basics while we wait for the next Chief they do for the community and to not be
and understands the history and traditions,
Commissioner to be appointed. subjected to constant change that is seen,
the good and bad and the requirements of
On that issue, I have been asked who the working police officers; or a person with a by many, to lack sound purpose.
Police association believes should be the thorough knowledge of community based we will do our best, despite the views
next Chief Commissioner. One thing is clear policing and who has the talent to lead your of those who believe otherwise, to work
- it is absolutely crucial that Government police force into the future in a way that best professionally with whoever is appointed
makes the right choice. serves you. as victoria’s next Chief Commissioner.
The future of victoria itself is very much I am also asked about the future of Sir Ken we should both be aiming for the same
in the hands of our current Government, Jones. The simple answer to that is "I do outcome − a better Force for the victorian
and their number one duty is to ensure not know." what Sir Ken does is a matter community.
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 11
Training to improve occupational health & safety
Safety in the workplace
is a priority for The Police
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Health & Safety Reps
and their deputies have
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he association training course
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ABOVE: The association’s Occupational Heath & Safety Officer michael Clarke.
and safety theory as relevant as
possible to police duties.
"It helps bring about change and improving says michael Clarke, the association’s The course also enables HSRs:
health and safety by educating reps about Occupational Health & Safety Officer.
> To a have better understanding of the
all their powers under the Health and The courses supply basic information and
objectives of the OHS act 2004 and their
Safety act and how to work in cooperation skills required for Health & Safety Reps
role under the act;
with the employer and their managers and (HSRs) to successfully exercise their powers
how to use all the powers under the act to under the victorian Occupational Health & > To have an increased knowledge of their
legally encourage the employer to make Safety (OHS) act 2004 and victorian OHS powers under the OHS legislation and
some health and safety improvements," Regulations 2007. know how to exercise these powers;
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What members say about the oh&S training course
The association course is I’ve had some issues in the I want to improve the state I want to make sure that the
directed for us. It is definitely past that weren’t handled of the workplace. a safe members’ voices are heard
the best way to do it. as they should have been. I workplace is what we really and their workplace health and
michael is a great presenter. think that by making myself need. It is such a unique job − wellbeing is looked after. This
It’s been great. available I can make a the association course is the course being police specific
difference and be a voice for one to do. helps. I kept getting the jobs
> Senior Constable Keith
the members. I have a passion to make sure we didn’t get so
Patterson − Sale > Detective Andrew Eyries
for workplace safety. Being many injuries in the workplace
− Melton CIU
police specific, this course so I knew the course would
gives us the information that help me.
can make a difference to the
> Kevin Bayliss − Academy
people we are working with.
> Sergeant Duncan Bartley
− Endeavour Hills
> To increase their skills in representing everything a police officer does during their The Police association’s training for Health
members of their designated work group working day from getting in and out of the & Safety Reps is the only course in victoria
including consulting, issue resolution and van to how they sit at the computer when that is specifically tailored to the needs of
negotiating with their employer; and completing their paperwork. and it also police. It is the only course that uses police
> To increase knowledge of where and covers how you arrest an offender. examples for the training.
how to obtain assistance in dealing with "manual handling covers the vast majority "It’s a course that has been running for 27
hazards and dangerous situations of police work," says michael. "workSafe has years − training more than 100 reps each
The police specific component of the training told the Force and the association that it year. we’ve attained a lot of knowledge
course covers everything from the murder of is extremely concerned about the number and expertise about the policing industry
police on the job to semi-automatic pistols of manual handling injuries that happen and how to make the policing environment
to the design of police stations. Even details within the victoria Police Force. we tailor our safer," says michael.
such as where squads are housed can be a courses to make sure our HSRs know what
Courses are running regularly − if you
health and safety issue. manual handling is."
are interested you can register your
"Basically everything that is current within The association is committed to working interest through the association’s website
the victoria Police Force in a health and safety directly with our members, their health and − www.tpav.org.au. Or contact michael
sense is used to make the course as interesting safety representatives, the victoria Police Clarke at the association. The association
and relevant as possible," says michael. Force and workSafe to achieve a state urges all members to become actively
One issue that is of major importance is of complete physical, mental and social involved in improving their workplace
manual handling. This covers just about wellbeing in their working environment. health and safety.
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 13
ABOVE: Simon today and after the assualt.
bout five years ago Simon
was off duty and driving home
through Broadmeadows about
11.00 pm when he was forced
off the road by a motorist who
continued on their way. when Simon caught
In praise of the association up with the errant driver he got out and
asked to see the driver’s licence. at that
point he was attacked from behind by three
men. The driver joined in. They didn’t know
Leading Senior Constable Simon Simon was in the job.
Busuttil was a man with problems. "The first blow took my nose out. I couldn’t
see because of the blood in my eyes. They
He’d been the victim of a vicious, punched and kicked me. I don’t know how
long the attack went for," recalls Simon. "The
unprovoked assault and was struggling next thing I knew the ambulance was there."
There was never any suggestion that
with the physical and emotional scars Simon had done anything wrong.
"my manner wasn’t aggressive. I didn’t really
left by the attack. He doesn’t know care about the damage to the car and I was
about ready to go because I didn’t think he
where he would be today without the could speak English."
help of The Police Association. The attack left Simon with a split liver,
a broken nose which required surgery,
a broken finger and bruising to his shoulders
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and back. His attackers jumped on his head.
They kicked him and bashed him. Simon still
has on-going back problems. He came back
to work after four weeks. He just wanted
to get back to normality. He didn’t want to
become bitter and twisted.
Simon took what he describes as a "separate
seat" from the investigation. He knew the
investigators had the offenders in custody in
the first week. "The court case was far worse
than the actual assault. I suffered Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during this
time. I got angry and my family suffered."
Simon doesn’t like talking about those days.
He finds it all very difficult.
"I felt more of a victim during the court
cases. It was like I was on trial and I took
that out on my family. If it wasn’t for the
association I wouldn’t be in the job."
Simon contacted the association and got
assistance from the member assistance
Program. The counselling has helped him
get over the anger.
"I needed someone to talk to and
happened quickly. I was a volcano that
was going to erupt. without the association’s Legal
I felt helpless. my natural reaction was to
get them, but that is wrong. at that point
Representation Cost Fund I wouldn’t
I was prepared to throw my whole life away.
I saw myself behaving badly. I knew I was
have been able to pursue them.
better than that."
Three of Simon’s attackers were convicted to remind them that they owe the money. member assistance Program in The Police
but at the end of the court case he didn’t For me that is justice. Imagine getting a association Journal. There was no doubt
feel as if he received justice. One walked letter after five years saying you are still in his mind that he needed help and he
free. He thought the legal system would fill accountable. Every couple of years I’ll be needed it quickly.
the void left by the trial but it didn’t. Upon seeing what they’ve got and going after it."
"It was two or three years after the assault
conviction a sentencing order application
The money received so far is in a legal that things started to get to me. I’m not
was made for financial restitution for
trust account. Simon will need to repay upset because I got belted but I am upset
Simon. It was granted by the Country Court
the legal fees from the money he gets from about what I put other people through
Judge, but it was a matter of how to get the
the offenders. and this doesn’t matter to because of the PTSD.
$55,000 from the convicted men.
him at all.
"It is important for blokes to recognise this.
"without the association’s Legal
"I don’t care if all the money goes in legal It might hit you in a month or even three.
Representation Cost Fund (LRCF) I wouldn’t
fees. I just want to give them something It can creep up on you. you don’t even realise
have been able to pursue them," says Simon.
to think about. I can’t make them be and unless you have support you are not
Simon’s local association Delegate advised responsible but I want to make them think. going to make it through − I don’t care who
him that he could make an application you are."
"It stopped me from trying for another form
through the LRCF. Simon knew you could
of justice. Their correspondence is finally
apply for funding if you were charged with If you require assistance for any kind
showing some sort of remorse. It is getting
something. He didn’t realise he could make of problem, whether personal or work-
through their thick skulls that they can’t
an application as a victim. related contact PPC Worldwide for
do this type of thing and get away with
an appointment with a professional
Simon was funded straight away and was it. I would not have been able to pursue it
counsellor > 1300 361 008
then put in touch with the association’s without the fund. I’ll pay the association
lawyer, Tony Hargreaves. back − I think that is important."
Have a view about this story?
"we’ve got $15,000 so far and we’ll keep and it wasn’t just the Legal Representation
Send your comments or feedback to
pursuing them for the rest. we will just keep Cost Fund that helped Simon through
sending legal letters every couple of years this difficult time. He had read about the
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 15
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> DelegATe Profile
A man with
Why and when did you join the job?
I started at the Victorian Police Academy in
November 2000. I always wanted to serve in
some capacity as a career but did not want
to travel too far from friends and family so Above: Jason and his wife Samantha at an event in Tasmania. Jason is dressed as a US airborne soldier WW2 and
did not go full time with the defence forces. Samantha and Australian Army Nurse WW2. Her uniform is actually real and was worn by an Australian Army
Nurse in Papua New Guinea.
My father suggested the Victoria Police
Force early 2000. I thought sounded like a
good idea and I am still here today.
What did you do before joining the job?
I worked at Ford Motor Company on the
permanent night shift as a melt furnace
operator for five years. I studied accountancy
for two years and was an Army Reservist for
Why did you become a delegate?
My first involvement with a union was
working for Ford. It was there I got to see
firsthand the benefits of working together
collectively to achieve a common goal. When
I joined the Victoria Police Force I felt it is
important to be properly represented and
so stuck my hand up. This way, instead of
just talking about issues I can actually do
something to help solving them. What is your favourite war story? the centre console. The guy ran off with
My second ever drink driver brief went to an me running after him. I managed to call for
What is your most significant back up. My poor offsider was stuck in the
ex-parte hearing at the Preston Magistrates’
achievement as a delegate? drive through behind other cars. I found
Court. The Magistrate issued a six-month
I cannot think of any one achievement but warrant to imprison. One night we got the offender hiding under another vehicle
can say I am most satisfied when members a call to Crown Casino. It was the usual with the key that belonged to the stolen SS.
I represent thank me and tell me I am doing story, drunk male complaining about being My offsider then rocked up, minus our order.
a good job. assaulted by security after being ejected. The The crook made a 'no comment' interview
bloke looked familiar but I couldn’t place him. but he copped four years.
How can your members best help you? When I lodged him for four hours his real
Let me know what the issues area and details came up and I remembered. I raced What do you do outside the job?
give me any sort of feedback. Most of all back to the station, grabbed the warrant and, I am keen enthusiast for military history and
stick together. in person, gave the offender the good news. actually re-enact WW2 battles. This involves
me dressing up as the enemy and on a
What do you like most about working in What has been your career highlight? battlefield, using real guns, tanks, artillery,
your area? On a quiet night shift my off-sider and I pyrotechnics etc recreating battles. I am
I have worked at eight stations, the majority decided to get some Macca’s about 2am. On also a keen car enthusiast. I love my Fords,
being in the western suburbs. Out west the way into the drive through I noticed a mainly the late model varieties. I have been
the crews are often very junior, but always brand new SS ute, that seemed out of place. on drag strips, tracks, courses and too many
willing to have a go. The van starts the shift The plates came up as listed. We’d already show’n’shines.
with 10 jobs, cops another 20 and keeps ordered so I left my offsider and I checked
taking them and keeps soldiering away. out the ute. I saw a bloke start to walk away How would you like to be remembered?
Management is generally understanding from it. He looked as sus as. I saw a sawn Just as a hard-working, genuine guy who
of our work load and cut us some slack. off rifle jammed in between the seat and cared about his fellow members.
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 17
The inherent dangers of
policing came home to
police around Australia in
May when Detective Senior
Constable Damian Leeding
was critically wounded
when he responded to a
call to an armed robbery at
a Gold Coast hotel. A few
days after Damian was
shot his family made the
difficult decision to turn off
his life-support system. Above: Damian Leeding with his wife Sonya and two-year-old Hudson and baby, Grace.
Queensland mourns murdered officer
resident of the Queensland Police a hero to the entire nation. Most importantly "Damo loved to speak about his family.
Union, Ian Leavers said, "Today we will ensure that Hudson and Grace will He loved to tell us stories about Hudson and
we pay tribute to Detective Senior grow up to know what a hero their dada what his latest achievement was. He loved
Constable Damian Leeding who was. Damo, you can now rest in peace my to talk about Grace and what a good baby
has tragically succumbed to friend with the knowledge that we will take she was. He loved Sonya. We would always
catastrophic injuries that he sustained when care of Sonya, Hudson and Grace. We will stir him that he was batting well above his
he was shot by an alleged armed robber miss you. I will miss you mate. average being married to Sonya. Damo loved
whilst on duty last Sunday night. nothing more in life than his family.
After the funeral Warwick Brown wrote this,
"Detective Senior Constable Leeding was in tribute to Damien Leeding. On Sunday 29th May 2011, our mate was
a brave and courageous officer and a role tragically taken from us. This incident has
"Normally when someone tragically passes
model. He was killed on duty doing the job torn a massive hole in the hearts off all
there are numerous tributes paid to this
he loved and whilst he was keeping the of his Coomera Team mates and police
person. There have been thousands
community safe. colleagues."
of tributes paid to Damian over the past
"Our hearts go out to Damian’s wife Sonya, week. Each and every one of these tributes Vale Detective Senior Constable
also a police officer, and his two beautiful is well deserved by the champion bloke that Damian Leeding.
young children, Hudson, 2, and Grace, 3 Damo was.
months. The Union knows that it is a very
"We at the Coomera CIB were fortunate
difficult time for Sonya and as a member
enough to have had the opportunity to work
of our union there will be nothing we will not The Queensland Police Union has
alongside this extraordinary man.
be willing to do to help her, Hudson, Grace established a bank account for those
and Damian’s extended family through this "Damian was a hard worker who would wishing to make a donation for the
difficult time." ruthlessly pursue any crook that came benefit of Detective Senior Constable
across his path. As much as Damo enjoyed Damian Leeding’s family.
Almost 4000 mourners attended Damian
catching the crooks he was always fair in Donations can be made at the
Leeding’s funeral, including representatives
his dealings with them. I have personally Queensland Credit Union.
from police associations and police forces
been present when Damian has spoken to For those wishing to donate, the details
from around Australia.
crooks that he has pinched in the past and for transferring funds are as follows:
One of Damian’s colleagues, Detective Senior observed the respect that even some of Qld Police Credit Union Account:
Constable Warwick Brown, spoke with them had for him.
Damian Leeding Remembrance
passion and emotion about his mate.
"Damo was a good bloke to have around the Fund
A hero is described as a man of distinct office. He loved to have a joke. He loved to bSb: 704 052
courage and ability who is admired for his tell a good story. He was always scheming Account No: 1041646
brave deeds and noble qualities. Damo you his next prank. He was a good friend and a Message to appear in account: (person’s
are our hero, and I know how much you good listener. Damo was always there to name who is donating).
would have hated all this attention. You are back you up.
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> eVenTS gAllery
LeFt-RiGHt: Nerio Baldini (Industrial Officer), Bruce McKenzie (Asst. Secretary), Bernie Elliott (Discipline Advocate) and Kaye Murphy (Welfare Officer).
rack up 10 years Nominations for sports awards
The Victoria Police Amateur Sports and Welfare Society will hold the 2011 Victoria
of service Police Sports Awards on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30 pm in the ‘Celebrity Room’ at
the Moonee Valley Racing Club.
Last month four long-serving Association
staff members were recognised for a decade Nominations are sought in the following categories:
of dedicated service. The Association’s Kaye > Most Outstanding Sporting or Welfare Achievement of the Year
Murphy, Bernie Elliott, Nerio Baldini and
Bruce McKenzie, were all presented with a > Most Outstanding Police Team/Club of the Year
certificate in recognition of the exceptional > Victoria Police Sports or Welfare Administrator of the Year
service they have provided to police
> Victoria Police Amateur Sports Athlete Scholarship
members over a ten year period.
> Victoria Police Sporting Hall of Fame.
Their hard work and commitment to the
Association has not gone unnoticed. It is Nomination forms can be obtained from vic Hawking at the Health Promotion Unit,
truly appreciated by the Secretary, their on telephone 9566 9470 or from website: www.vpasws.org.au . the closing date for
fellow staff members and across the nominations is cob tuesday 20 July 2011.
N.B. The Victoria Police Amateur Sports and Welfare Society AGM will be held on
So after ten long years we say thank you! Wednesday 27 July 2011 at the Police Academy.
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Police Association President Brian Rix retires
Brian Rix, the President of The Police
Association is retiring after almost 35 years
in the job, 12 years as a member of the
Association’s Executive and for the past five
years as its full-time President.
All are invited to attend his retirement
Where: The Old City Watch House,
Russell Street, Melbourne
When: Friday, September 9, 2011 from
6.30pm until midnight
cost: $60.00 − all inclusive
Payments can be made to Police Credit
Account 617452 (S1) nominating the brian
Rix Retirement Function as well as including
your name as a reference. Alternatively
external payments can be made to:
bSb - 704-230
Account - 100427232
RSVP to Cheryl Thomson at the
Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or
alternatively by telephone (03) 9468 2600
by Friday, August 26th.
A thief uncovered
The silence of the night shift was broken at a thief in their midst. Food, particularly fruit,
a large suburban police station by the sound was going missing from the watch house
of something running in the ceiling cavity. and kitchen.
Members were sure a massive rat had taken Soon nicknamed Morris, the possum won
"Leave your dinner unattended in the
up residence in the roof of the station. many hearts as he helped himself to any
watch house and there was a good chance
fruity titbits left in the station.
Interviews were routinely interrupted by not all of it would be there when you came
what everyone thought was a herculean back from dealing with an enquiry at the Perhaps they should have named him
sized rat sprinting across the ceiling. front counter or other duties," said one Houdini as this little marsupial even stole
mystified member. some fruit left in a possum trap without
Around the same time a ceiling panel had
been removed from the watch house for It wasn’t until one particularly luscious apple
routine maintenance and members started was left under the gaping hole in the ceiling Last reports from the station say that
to notice that food was disappearing at an that the thief identified himself − a very Morris seems to have moved on − but they
astonishing rate. They were sure they had cheeky and extremely cute ringtail possum. still guard their lunches!
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> your SAy
your say > Email email@example.com or write to us at
Po box 76, carlton South 3053
I am writing to notify you of my retirement to you and your staff, in particular Nerio The reason for this email is to inform that
from the Force as of the 30th of April 2011 Baldini, who have assisted me in recent I will be officially retired from the Victoria
and so will be leaving The Police Association years, throughout the most difficult period Police Force on Saturday 4th June 2011 and
at the same time. I have been a member of my personal and professional life to date. therefore can no longer be a member of
for almost 36 years and wish to express my Support, advice and reassurance have only The Police Association. This too will have an
appreciation of the work done and services been a telephone call away, and for that, effect upon me as by being a member of the
provided by the Association. On the very I am ever grateful. Association. I have always felt comfortable
few times I needed to draw on the services My resignation closes one door, yet it opens and protected. Some three to four years
of the Association I received invaluable up many others, and I look forward to the ago I was charged with misappropriate use
support, including, on a couple of occasions, next stage of my life, with my family by of LEAP whereby I received a counselling
legal assistance. my side, healthy, happy and with only good − again with terrific assistance from the
I do not intend in this letter to mention memories as part of the police family. Association.
everyone by name. I must, however, thank I wish The Police Association staff and all I could go on and on to praise the
Phil Pearson for his support and, on behalf members all the very best for the future. Association − I am very pleased with the
of my wife and myself, a huge thank you to way in which Brian Rix and Greg Davies and
Kaye Murphy. Kaye provided immeasurable Kind Regards all the Executive and Delegates operate and
support and advice to us at a time of crisis Tom Boyle conduct themselves. I believe if we had the
and I will never be able to thank her enough. Senior constable 29554 same loyal and staunch leadership of the
The great thing about policing is the Victoria Police Force since the days of Noel
I am writing to advise the Association that I Wilby, Reg Jackson and Mick Miller and of
fellowship of the members and I shall miss will be retiring from the Victoria Police Force
that greatly. our Association, the Victoria Police Force
on 1/7/2011 and so will be concluding my would be in a lot better shape that it is now.
I wish all at The Police Association the very membership of the Association from that date.
best for the future and thanks again for Thanks very much for all you have done for
I would like to thank the Association for their many years. I wish you well in the future.
representing all our members and their help over the years and wish you the best
families in such a strong and robust manner. Keep up the good work.
in your efforts on behalf of the members.
Regards Yours sincerely
Glenn Styles Norman S. Gillespie
Adrian Kennedy leading Senior constable 16284
leading Senior constable 19172 Detective Sergeant 20227 Shepparton Diu
I am writing to inform you of my resignation This is being forwarded with mixed feelings
from Victoria Police Force, effective as of as I become unemployed on the 4th of June
2 May 2011. As such, I am also resigning 2011. I look forward to the future but as ‘R’ We welcome your letters to the Journal. In all
as a member of The Police Association. Day looms I am getting a touch edgy and cases the writer’s name must be supplied.
It has been both a privilege and an honour uncertain because it is all going to be so Names will be published unless there is
to have served with the Victoria Police very new for my wife and I. But I am not too a good reason for anonymity. The editor
Force and to have also been a member worried. Things will work out OK just as long reserves the right to edit, abridge, or decline
of The Police Association throughout this as my wife and I can be happy − she’ll be letters without explanation. Letters under
time. I wish to extend my sincere gratitude right mate! 400 words are preferred
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> in Their honour
Maintaining the pursuit of justice for
Steven Tynan and Damian Eyre
The outpouring of public grief following the
brutal murders of Steven Tynan and Damian
Eyre was only surpassed by the outrage
felt when the four men charged with the
crime were acquitted. A proposed change
to Victoria’s ‘double-jeopardy’ law could see
the case re-opened and justice for Steven
and Damian - finally.
In June 2010 The Police Association called
for an inquest to be held into the Walsh
Street murders. It supports the proposed
amendments to the double jeopardy law
in certain circumstances. If there is fresh
evidence there should be a retrial.
"We are of the view that if there is enough
new evidence it will warrant the re-trial of Steven Tynan. Damian Eyre.
the men originally charged with the murders
of Steven Tynan and Damien Eyre," says Scanlan and Lonigan by the Kelly Gang at them, "the sweetest thing I ever heard
Association Secretary, Greg Davies. Stringybark Creek in 1878 had there been was the police officer’s last words while
such an incident. he was dying." The court was told he also
Steven Tynan was 22-years-old and
The TyEyre Task Force was immediately threatened police saying, "I can’t wait to put
Damian Eyre just 20-years-old when they
established. There was an early a shotgun to your head. Loaded up with a
were ambushed and executed in Walsh
breakthrough when 17-year-old Jason Ryan, solid and watching your #*#@ing head get
Street, South Yarra in the early hours of the
a member of a local crime family came blown up."
morning of Wednesday, October 12 1988.
forward. He admitted to his involvement It is hoped that if the double jeopardy laws
They were sent to Walsh Street after reports
in the murders of Steven and Damian and are amended, statements by Wendy Peirce
of a car abandoned in the middle of the
named his co-offenders. Eventually Victor and Peter McEvoy will be enough to warrant
street. It was 4.45 am.
Peirce, Peter McEvoy, Trevor Pettingill and the re-opening of the case and the retrial of
As these young constables were checking Anthony Farrell were all charged with the the surviving offenders.
out the car they were gunned down. Steven murders of the two police. Murder charges Early last month Attorney General Robert
was the first to die − suffering a shotgun against Jason Ryan were withdrawn. Clark said any changes would only apply to
blast to the back of the head at close range
Victor Peirce’s wife, Wendy, recanted her a small number of exceptional cases where
as he got up from the driver’s seat.
alibi for Victor and went into witness significant breakthrough justified a retrial.
Damian was shot in the back and, although protection. She was to be the star witness "In a limited number of cases where there’s
seriously injured, he struggled with the but when it came to the Supreme Court trial fresh and compelling evidence, or where
cowardly attackers before being shot twice she changed her evidence. After six days of it’s able to be demonstrated that the
with his own gun. deliberation the four men were all acquitted. original trial was subverted by perjury or by
Four men were seen fleeing the scene. In 2002 Victor Peirce was murdered, a tampering with the jury and it is a serious
D24 received calls about shots being fired in victim of the gangland war. Wendy Peirce matter, then it is appropriate there should
Walsh Street, South Yarra and called for any has changed her story several times. In be an opportunity for a retrial to take place.
units to check out the reports. The tapes of 2005 she told The Age’s John Silvester that "Otherwise people will get away with
the calls from the first units at the scene are Victor and his gang were responsible for the murder," he told the Herald Sun.
harrowing. killings. Mrs Peirce named the shooters as
Members of the Victoria Police Force and Jedd Houghton, who was later shot dead by Since its inception, 30 members of the
the community were rocked to the core. police, and Peter McEvoy. Victoria Police Force have been murdered
For two young constables to be attacked Peter McEvoy was arrested in February on the job ... feloniously slain. Their lives and
in a suburban street was unthinkable. last year in New South Wales. At the time deaths are commemorated on The Police
Not since the murders of Kennedy, of his arrest, McEvoy abused police telling Association’s Honour Wall.
The Police Association Victoria Journal July 2011 25
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And if you think you know the answer to the ‘Who Am I?’ question, send your answer to the Association and go
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11 An article about what policing issue
appeared in the Herald Sun newspaper
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Am i? for a chance to win
2 What global economic organisation is 12 Reigning US Open golf champion Rory
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WHo AM i?
3 Which legendary Australian actor died 13 Independent Federal MP Andrew Wilkie
in May this year, aged 71? represents an electorate located in 1. I am a relatively new town
4 Which popular entertainer changed his located in Victoria’s Alpine
name from Reggie Dwight? 14 In Australian health circles, what does region
PBS stand for?
5 Which two 24-hour police stations are
2. One of my claims to fame is
located in the Melbourne metropolitan 15 The premises being renovated by
municipality of Hobsons Bay? contestants in the current series of The that I am officially the most
Block, shown on the Nine network, is elevated town in the state
6 During what decade did the Victoria
located in which inner-Melbourne suburb?
Police Force Academy open? 3. I am located just a few short
a) 1960s b) 1970s c) 1980s 16 Which actor was recently immortalised kilometres from Mt Hotham
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7 Which former Beatle penned the
words, "Life is what happens to you
of Fame for his portrayal of a rags-to- 4. I have a two-word name
riches boxer in a string of movies?
while you’re busy making other plans"?
17 How many movies were made in the
5. The first part of my name is
8 Which of cricket’s Waugh twins is the associated with a meal time.
eldest, Steve or Mark?
9 Qantas now flies direct from Sydney
18 One of the original ‘Wiggles’ that wore
Last month’s Who Am i?
which coloured top was replaced in the
to which city located in Texas? Answer − bob Davis
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10 Ash that spewed from a volcano
located in which country recently
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Perth or Adelaide? is answer the ‘Who Am I?’ question send
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An imPorTAnT noTice To All memberS
of The Police ASSociATion
vPA FRieNDLy Society LtD
(AbN 17 087 649 170)
Notice oF ANNUAL GeNeRAL MeetiNG
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual general meeting of the VPA friendly Society will be held at the Dallas brooks centre,
300 Albert Street, east melbourne at 10:00am on friday, September 9, 2011.
tHe victoRiA PoLice bRANcH oF tHe
PoLice FeDeRAtioN oF AUStRALiA
Notice oF ANNUAL GeNeRAL MeetiNG
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual general meeting of the Victoria Police branch of the Police federation of Australia will
be held at the Dallas brooks centre, 300 Albert Street, east melbourne at 10:15am on friday, September 9, 2011.
tHe PoLice ASSociAtioN
(AbN 78 004 251 325)
Notice oF ANNUAL GeNeRAL MeetiNG
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual general meeting of The Police Association will be held at the Dallas brooks centre,
300 Albert Street, east melbourne at 10:30am on friday, September 9, 2011.
PRoPoSeD PURcHASe oF ADDitioNAL
HoLiDAy HoMe PRoPeRtieS
At the 2010 Annual general meeting of The Police Association, a motion was carried authorising the executive committee
to sell the parcel of land that was owned by The Police Association situated at coldstream by an ‘expression of interest’
process. The net proceeds were to be used exclusively to purchase and/or develop existing properties owned by The Police
Association. in accordance with this motion, the coldstream property was sold earlier this year.
At its monthly meeting held on 3 may 2011, the executive committee determined by way of motion that the proceeds
from the sale of the coldstream property should be used to purchase additional holiday home properties. rule 28 (e) of the
constitution of The Police Association (see below) states that property can only be purchased by The Police Association
pursuant to a resolution of members present at a general meeting.
PoWeRS oF tHe eXecUtive
rule 28 (e) to give instructions for the purchase, sale, lease or mortgage or other disposal of any freehold or leasehold
property for the purpose of the Association, provided that no such property is to be purchased, sold or mortgaged unless
pursuant to a resolution of members present at a general meeting."
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Notice oF MotioN FoR 2011 ANNUAL GeNeRAL MeetiNG
"ThAT PurSuAnT To rule 28 (e) of The conSTiTuTion of The Police ASSociATion, The PurchASe of ProPerTieS
To A mAximum combineD VAlue of $1.8 million for The PurPoSe of ProViDing ADDiTionAl holiDAy homeS,
PRoPoSeD AMeNDMeNt to RULe 75 (d) oF tHe
coNStitUtioN oF tHe PoLice ASSociAtioN
rule 75 of the constitution of The Police Association currently states:
in order to apply and be eligible for legal representation financed by the fund an applicant must:
(a) have been a full financial member at the time of the act or omission giving rise to the applicant having been
charged with any disciplinary or criminal offence - such act or omission having been lawfully and/or in good faith
done or made by the applicant in the course of or in the discharge of police duties; or
(b) have been a full financial member at the time of the act or omission giving rise to the applicant having been
charged with any criminal offence soley because the applicant is a police officer; or
(c) be a member of the executive or servant of The Association who has become a party to any legal proceedings as
a result of carrying out the aims and objects of The Association; or
(d) have been a full financial member at the time of the act or omission giving rise to the applicant becoming a party
in any civil proceedings arising out of the applicant being a police officer.
The current rule 75 (d) requires that a member be ‘a party in any civil proceedings’ before an application for funding can
be made under this provision. The executive committee of The Police Association considers that at the time that this rule
was enacted, its intent was to provide an avenue of funding for members who became a ‘respondent’ in civil proceedings.
however, the policing profession has changed since this rule was enacted to a point where our members, in appropriate
circumstances, may initiate civil proceedings against others. it is therefore important that members who are considering
initiating civil proceedings are aware of whether or not they will have the support of The Police Association prior to initiating
At its monthly meeting held 7 June 2011, the executive committee determined by way of motion, that a proposed amended
rule 75 (d) be put to the 2011 Annual general meeting.
Notice oF MotioN FoR 2011 ANNUAL GeNeRAL MeetiNG
"ThAT rule 75(d) of The conSTiTuTion of The Police ASSociATion be AmenDeD To reAD AS followS:
hAVe been A full finAnciAl member AcTing lAwfully AnD/or in gooD fAiTh AT The Time of The AcT or
omiSSion ThAT gAVe riSe To The APPlicAnT becoming:
(i) A PArTy AS A DefenDAnT or reSPonDenT in Any ciVil ProceeDingS AriSing ouT of The APPlicAnT being
A Police officer; or
(ii) A PlAinTiff or APPlicAnT in Any ciVil ProceeDingS (or who iniTiATeS Such ProceeDingS) AriSing
from The courSe of or in The DiSchArge of The APPlicAnT’S Police DuTieS AnD who hAS firST been
grAnTeD leAVe by The execuTiVe To iniTiATe ThoSe ProceeDingS Through The PreferreD SoliciTorS
of The ASSociATion in ThoSe ProceeDingS."
A member unable to attend the Annual general meetings may appoint a person as proxy to attend and vote on their
behalf. An appointed proxy need not be a member. Proxy forms, together with instructions for completion are available
on application from bruce mckenzie, Assistant Secretary, The Police Association, Po box 76, carlton South 3053,
fax (03) 9495 6933 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org To be valid, proxy forms should be received by the Association
no later than 4.00 pm on friday, August 19, 2011. Please note that a proxy cannot be appointed for the Annual general
meeting of the Victoria Police branch of the Police federation of Australia.
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> TAx ADVice
Get your work-related expense
claim right this tax time
Tax time is here again which means it’s time to start thinking about preparing
and lodging your return.
hether you prepare your own normal workplace or directly home > normal suits, shirts, skirts and trousers
return or have help from a - for example, when you travel to the worn by plain-clothes police
registered tax agent, don’t forget scene of a crime, or > sports clothes (for example,
that there are lots of expenses you may > you travel between two workplaces or tracksuits, shorts, T-shirts) and
have incurred as a police officer that you can between a workplace and a place of running or sports shoes
claim back in your return - as well as some business - for example, between two > clothing worn for medical reasons
that you can’t. police stations. (for example, support stockings)
> conventional clothing that is damaged
Knowing the difference will ensure you get You cannot claim a deduction for the cost
at work, and
the most out of your work-related expense of travelling to another workplace for a
> everyday footwear (for example, dress
claim and avoid mistakes which could social function.
or casual shoes).
hold up your return if your deduction is
You can claim a deduction for the cost of
disallowed. You may be able to claim a deduction for
using your car to travel between home and
the cost of conventional clothing you wore
Some key tips to remember before work if:
when working as an undercover police officer.
> you have to carry bulky tools or The clothing must be directly related to your
> you must have incurred the expense in equipment that you use for work - income-earning activities as a police officer (for
the year you are claiming it for example, scuba diving gear for water example, clothing worn to pose as a criminal).
> the expense must be work-related and police - and there is no secure area for
not private, and if the expense has been storing your tools or equipment at work
reimbursed by your employer it cannot > your home is a base of employment - You can claim a deduction for the cost of
be claimed you start your work at home and travel buying, hiring, replacing or maintaining
> receiving an allowance from your to a workplace to continue the work, or protective clothing such as safety coloured
employer does not automatically entitle > you travel from your home to an vests, body armour or gloves.
you to a deduction alternative workplace for work activities
Laundry and dry-cleaning
> if your claims total more than $300 you and then to your normal workplace
need to keep records - you can also use or directly home - for example, if you You can claim a deduction for the cost of
records other than paper receipts - a full have to attend a conference at police laundering and dry-cleaning eligible work
list of accepted records is available on the headquarters before going to work at clothes. For example, you can claim a
ATO website. your normal suburban police station. deduction for cleaning a uniform that your
employers provides and that you must wear
To help you get your claim right, the ATO
travel expenses: at work.
has a specific guide for police officers on
the types of claims you can and can’t make You can claim the work-related cost of using
based on the common expenses you might vehicles other than cars as well as parking
fees and tolls. You can claim a deduction for the cost
incur as a police officer.
of self-education if there is a direct
Some of the common expenses covered You can also claim work-related costs connection between your self-education
off in the guide include: associated with taxis or short-term car hire and your work activities at the time the
at this item. expense was incurred.
You cannot claim costs met by your Self-education expenses are not deductible
You can claim a deduction for the cost of employer or costs that are reimbursed. if your study is designed to get you:
using your car for work-related travel if:
clothing expenses: > a job
> you travel directly between two separate
> a new job, or
workplaces because you have two You can’t claim a deduction for the cost
> income from a new income-earning
different employers - for example, you of purchasing or cleaning a plain uniform
have a second job or conventional clothing worn at work, even
> you travel for work-related purposes if your employer tells you to wear them, Self-education expenses can include
from your normal workplace to an as it is a private expense. This includes textbooks, stationery, student union fees,
alternative workplace and back to your expenditure by police officers on: course fees, certain travel expenses and the
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decline in value of equipment to the extent Remember, when you sign and submit > pensions and allowances
they are used for self-education purposes. your tax return, you are declaring that > payment summaries
everything you have told the ATO is > bank interest, and
other expenses: true and that you have or you can get > private health insurance details.
There are a range of other common the written evidence you need to prove
This year you will also be able to download
expenses you may incur as a police officer your claims.
even more information into your return
that may be deductible. These include: You are responsible for this proof even including details of:
> ammunition if you use a registered tax agent.
> Centrelink parental leave payments
> bulletproof jackets and vests or body Lodging your return: > employee share schemes
armour > tax free government pensions
If you’re planning on doing your own tax,
> decline in value of equipment used > foreign employment income
why not try the ATO’s free lodgement service
for work > eligibility for education tax refund, and
e-tax which is available from 1 July.
> expenses you incur for maintaining and > managed funds.
training police dogs e-tax includes quick access to built-in
To find out more visit www.ato.gov.au/
> sunglasses, sunhats and sunscreen calculators, topic guides and a check-list to
occupations and search for ‘police officers’.
> technical or professional publications, and help you lodge correctly.
> work-related telephone calls, telephone
You can also download information from a
rental and connection costs.
range of government departments and third
For detailed information on these claims party organisations directly into your tax
visit www.ato.gov.au/occupations. return, including:
Getting bang for your buck
> What your Association subs entitle you to
eAch forTnighT your ASSociATion SubS Are DeDucTeD from your bAnk AccounT.
The $27.80 AmounTS To $722.80 Per Annum AnD ThAT iS 100 Per cenT TAx DeDucTAble.
These rates are very competitive when compared to other police unions around the country and other trade unions in general. The Police
Association is also unique in that we are the only police association that funds a 24-hour counselling service for members and we are also the
only police association to have a dedicated welfare officer. And there is much more ...
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continually strives to achieve the best possible salaries and Echuca, Port Fairy, Tawonga South and an apartment in South
employment conditions while upholding and protecting members’ Melbourne. They provide members and their families with an
existing entitlements. They provide expert advice, assistance affordable holiday in desirable locations.
Financial benefits > The Association provides sickness benefits when
Discipline and legal services > you have access to expert you have exhausted your paid sick and annual leave; a death benefit
representation and advocacy services provided by our Legal Section to assist your family at this most distressing time; a grant to assist
in the event that you’re investigated or charged with a disciplinary when you are in genuine financial hardship; and we may be able to
and/or criminal matter relating to your duty as a police officer. help if you or a family member is hospitalised.
Welfare > The Association’s welfare officer provides advice and Free Will service > All Association members are entitled to have a
practical help when you need it most. At times of serious illness or Will drawn up for them and their partner, usually free of charge.
death in the family our welfare officer has resources available to
assist you and your family. Union Shopper > Union Shopper can help you get the best price for
anything from electrical and white goods to entertainment tickets
Member Assistance Program > provides professional, confidential
and 24 hour counselling to help with personal problems affecting the
health and welfare of you and your family. Holden deal > You can save up to $2000 on the purchase of a new
Holden vehicle simply because you are a member of the Association.
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> execuTiVe minuTeS
LeFt to RiGHt: Paul O'Connell, John Laird, Colin Birch, Mark Rose, Brian Rix, Glenn Holland, John Carter, Karl David, Dean Anderson, Dean Thomas, Dermot Avon, Phil Pearson.
MiNUteS FoR tHevictoRiA The Secretary advised that he has observers:
received positive feedback from
PoLice bRANcH oF tHe those members he has spoken to
Maurice banks (Western) Greater Geelong,
Surf Coast (Delegate)
PoLice FeDeRAtioN that were present at yesterday’s
The President welcomed Carolyn Deer,
oF AUStRALiA Special General Meeting. The next
Anna Stewart Memorial Project participant
phase in the EB campaign is to vote
Date: Tuesday 3 May 2011 for industrial action via a postal to the meeting.
Location: The Police Association ballot of all members.
Boardroom, 1 Clarendon
3.2 POLICY MATTERS FOR
1. CONFIRMATION OF MINuTES
Street, East Melbourne CONSIDERATION "THAT THE MINUTES OF 5 APRIL
time: 8.38am 3.2.1 EXECUTIVE 2011 BE CONFIRMED."
22.214.171.124 PROFESSIONALISATION 2. ADOPTION OF ORDER
Present: SUB-COMMITTEE OF BuSINESS
bK Rix (President) The President gave a verbal "THAT THE ORDER OF BUSINESS
Jc Laird (Senior Vice President) report on the Professionalisation BE ADOPTED."
PJ Pearson (Junior Vice President) Sub-committee meeting held in
KM David, APM (Treasurer) Melbourne on 2 May. He advised that 3. OPERATIONAL
D Avon (Assistant Treasurer) at this meeting the Police Practice 3.1 SECRETARY’S REPORT
Db Anderson Standards Model was presented for "THAT THE SECRETARY’S REPORT
cW birch discussion. BE RECEIVED."
JR carter The meeting concluded at 8:58am. 3.2 FINANCE REPORTS
Gb Holland 3.2.1 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REPORT
P o’connell "THAT THE FINANCIAL
DJ thomas MANAGEMENT REPORT BE
GJ Davies Chief Executive Officer
bi McKenzie Executive Officer MiNUteS FoR tHe RECEIVED."
3.3 MEMBERSHIP OF THE POLICE
eXecUtive MeetiNG ASSOCIATION
Apologies: Date: Tuesday 3 May 2011 "THAT THE 92 APPLICATIONS LISTED
M Rose Location: The Police Association BE ACCEPTED FOR MEMBERSHIP OF
observers: Boardroom, 1 Clarendon THE POLICE ASSOCIATION."
Maurice banks (Western) Greater Geelong, Street, East Melbourne 3.4 APPLICATIONS TO RE-JOIN THE
Surf Coast (Delegate) time: 9.20am POLICE ASSOCIATION
The President welcomed Carolyn Deer, Anna "THAT THE ONE APPLICATION TO
Stewart Memorial Project recipient to the Present: REJOIN THE POLICE ASSOCIATION
meeting. BE ACCEPTED."
bK Rix (President)
Jc Laird (Senior Vice President) 4. MAINTENANCE
1. CONFIRMATION OF MINuTES PJ Pearson (Junior Vice President) 4.0.1 CORRESPONDENCE
"THAT THE MINUTES OF 5 APRIL KM David, APM (Treasurer) "THAT THE CORRESPONDENCE
2011 BE CONFIRMED." D Avon (Assistant Treasurer) BE RECEIVED."
Db Anderson 4.0.2 ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY HOME
2. ADOPTION OF ORDER OF cW birch PROPERTIES
BuSINESS JR carter "THAT A NOTICE OF MOTION
"THAT THE ORDER OF BUSINESS Gb Holland PURSUANT TO SECTION 28 (e) OF
P o’connell THE CONSTITUTION OF THE POLICE
DJ thomas ASSOCIATION BE PUT TO THE 2011
3. STRATEGIC GJ Davies Secretary ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR
3.1 REVIEW OF STRATEGIC AND KEY bi McKenzie Assistant Secretary THE PURPOSE OF AUTHORISING THE
FOCUS AREAS PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY
3.1.1 EB 2011 PLANNING Apologies: HOMES TO A MAXIMUM COMBINED
126.96.36.199 SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING M Rose VALUE OF $1.8 MILLION".
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Notice of Motion for the 2011 Annual decision after considering a compelling list > Refusal to address Organised Crime
General Meeting: of mismanagement examples which, they groups and Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs.
believe, require independent investigation. > Equipment failures, including defective
"THAT PURSUANT TO SECTION
28 (e) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF holsters (Criticism of holsters in the Tony
the list is as follows:
THE POLICE ASSOCIATION, THE Clarke Inquest and new but ineffective
PURCHASE OF PROPERTIES TO A > Business Information and Technology holsters were still being issued during the
MAXIMUM COMBINED VALUE OF Services (BITS) − said to have cost semi-automatic pistol roll-out).
$1.8 MILLION FOR THE PURPOSE taxpayers $200 million in wasted
OF PROVIDING ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY > Misapplication of the ‘Section 68’ process
expenditure with no positive outcomes
HOMES, BE APPROVED." and the death of Sergeant Tony Van Gorp.
for policing or the public of Victoria, and
The President thanked the Executive questions surrounding an incomplete > Allocation of resources away from front-
members for their attendance and declared investigation into its’ failings. line policing.
the meeting closed at 12:09pm.
> The Major Crime Management Model. > The disbandment of the Security
Consultants engaged to recommend Intelligence Group, leaving Victoria
re-structuring of the Crime Department with effectively no counter terrorism
MiNUteS FoR tHe SPeciAL and the way in which the allocation of intelligence capability.
MeetiNG oF tHe eXecUtive investigations and resources would be > The disbandment of the Prison Squad,
handled. Waste of millions of dollars with
oF tHe PoLice ASSociAtioN exacerbating the parolees debacle.
no positive outcomes for policing or the
Date: Monday 9 May 2011 > The reduction of community engagement,
Victorian public, and a reduced level of
Location: The Police Association through diminished attention and
Boardroom, 1 Clarendon resourcing of projects such as
Street, East Melbourne > LINK Project - $60 million of taxpayers’ Neighbourhood Watch, Crime-stoppers,
time: 1.09pm funds wasted on a system that was Police Schools Involvement Programme,
previously reported, in writing, to be etc. (Victoria was the first place in
Present: totally unsuitable for Victoria Police Australia to commence NHW - it is now
bK Rix (President) Force requirements. A request has almost completely ineffective due to lack
Jc Laird (Senior Vice President) subsequently been made of Government of resourcing).
PJ Pearson (Junior Vice President) for an additional $100 million.
> The allegation that Force Command
KM David, APM (Treasurer) > The recent $1 million renovations to the fudged crime statistics immediately prior
D Avon (Assistant Treasurer) 10th floor of police headquarters, on
Db Anderson to the last State election.
which the Chief Commissioner’s Office is
cW birch > The crisis of confidence in policing, both
JR carter located.
within and outside the Force, culminating
Gb Holland > PALM Project − the management of
P o’connell in the treatment of Sir Ken Jones, QPM by
exhibits and drugs project that is up to the Chief Commissioner.
DJ thomas one year behind schedule and massive
cost blow-outs expected. The meeting adjourned at 2:08pm and
GJ Davies Secretary
resumed at 2:23pm.
bi McKenzie Assistant Secretary > Allegations that senior staff have been
paid cash bonuses of up to and beyond 1. "THAT THE FOLLOWING QUESTION
1. ADOPTION OF ORDER BE APPROVED TO BE POSTED ON
$50,000 for their participation in botched
OF BuSINESS THE POLICE ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
projects. FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF
"THAT THE ORDER OF BUSINESS
BE ADOPTED." > The waste of finances that may have MEMBERS:
enabled the employment of thousands ‘DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE
2. CHIEF COMMISSIONER of additional police, enabling the Force to
ABILITIES OF SIMON OVERLAND TO
The Secretary provided the Executive CONTINUE AS CHIEF COMMISSIONER
provide a much higher level of service to OF THE VICTORIA POLICE FORCE.’"
members with an overview of the the Victorian community. 2. "THAT THE EXECUTIVE OF THE
unprecedented series of events that have POLICE ASSOCIATION CALLS ON
> Senior appointments within the Victoria
arisen since the afternoon of Friday 6 May, THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF
within the leadership of the Victoria Police VICTORIA TO ESTABLISH A ROYAL
Force. Following consideration, the Executive > The treatment of police officers by the COMMISSION INTO THE GROSS
was of the opinion, that the current set Chief Commissioner of Police, at all ranks, MISMANAGEMENT AND SERIAL
FAILURES OF GOVERNANCE AND
of circumstances could not be adequately and including ill and injured members.
LEADERSHIP OF THE VICTORIA
addressed by a motion of ‘no confidence’ in > Mishandling of the BOCC process. POLICE FORCE OVER THE PAST
the Chief Commissioner, but rather consider FIVE YEARS."
> The consistent and continuing reduction
other options. The Secretary advised the meeting that this
in training and development at all ranks.
is the first time The Police Association has
The Executive went on to consider > The "Sex Offenders Register" fiasco. ever called for Royal Commission into the
the recommendations put forward by
> The recent issue of Parolees committing Victoria Police Force.
the Secretary, via tabled handout, and
determined the course of action that serious crime, including murders. The President declared the meeting closed
would occur. The Executive arrived at their > The Carl Williams murder inquiry. at 3:13pm.
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Police Association Delegates
WORkGROUP RANk DELEGATE WORk LOCATION PhONE
Corporate Services 1 (Education Department) Sergeant Glenn Whyte Centre For Foundation Training 9566 9566
Corporate Services 2 (BMD, BITS, HRD, & CSPD) Sen Sgt James Mulholland Reliever Div 2 Nw Metro Region 9392 3111
Crime Department 1 Sergeant Michael Gunn Tasking & Co-Ord Support 9865 2456
Crime Department 2 Sen Con Matthew Merrigan Fraud Extortion Squad 9611 8534
Eastern, (Bass Coast, South Gippsland) Sen Con Sydney Hadley CIu-Bass Coast 5672 2761
Eastern, (Baw Baw, Latrobe) Sen Con Graeme Carter CIu-Baw Baw 5622 7111
Eastern, (Boroondarra, Monash) Sen Con Mark Smith uNI-Oakleigh 9567 8900
Eastern, (East Gippsland) Sergeant Craig Peel uNI-Bairnsdale 5150 2600
Eastern, (Greater Shepparton) Sergeant Leslie Oroszvary Prosecutions-Shepparton 5820 5777
Eastern, (Knox, Maroondah) Sen Con Robyn Waite Socau-Knox 9881 7931
Eastern, (Mitchell, Benalla) Sergeant Darren Murphy uNI-Kilmore 5782 1211
Eastern, (Wangaratta, Wodonga, Moira) Sen Con Mark Deegan uNI-Wodonga 02 6049 2600
Eastern, (Wellington) Sen Con Keith Patterson uNI-Sale 5143 5000
Eastern, (Whitehorse, Manningham) Sen Con Elizabeth Sidiropoulos Multicultural Liaison Eastern Region 8841 3942
Eastern, (Yarra Ranges) Sen Con Brigette De Chirico CIu-Yarra Ranges 9735 1610
Ethical Standards Department Sergeant Brad Curtin Conduct & Prof Standards Div 9247 6763
Forensic Services Sergeant Thomas Brady Fingerprints Management uNIt 9865 2900
Intelligence and Covert Support Sen Con Luke Woods Surveillance Services Division 9804 3599
Legal Services Sen Con Angela Coulson Prosecutions-Sunshine 9313 3334
North West Metro, (Banyule, Nillumbik) Sen Sgt Damian Oehme uNI-Greensborough 9435 1044
North West Metro, (Brimbank, Melton) Sen Con Jason Kisielis uNI-Keilor Downs 9365 3333
North West Metro, (Hume) Sen Con Haydn Beale CIu-Hume 9302 8211
North West Metro, (Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay & Wyndham) Sen Sgt Leigh Wisbey Reliever Div 2 Nw Metro Region 9392 3111
North West Metro, (Moonee Valley, Moreland) Sen Sgt Eriks Krauklis Reliever Div 4 Nw Metro Region
North West Metro, (Whittlesea, Darebin) Sergeant Jason Gaffee uNI-Epping 9409 8100
North West Metro, (Yarra) Sen Con Travis Storti uNI-Richmond 8420 3600
North West Metro, Melb .2, (Melb. West, VPC, Melb. TMu) Sen Con Steven Cox uNI-Melbourne North 8379 0800
North West Metro, Melb.1, (Melb East. Nth Melb/Carlton, St Kilda Rd uNI) Sergeant Maxwell Jackson uNI-Melbourne North 8379 0800
Operations Co-ordination Sergeant David Short Properties Management 9247 6224
Operations Response uNIt Sergeant Alex Stewart Operations Response uNIt 9247 5482
Police Bands Constable Brett Staley Bands 9489 2257
Southern Metro, (Casey, Cardinia) Sergeant Anthony Nestor uNI-Cranbourne 5991 0600
Southern Metro, (Frankston) Sen Con Lachlan Grant uNI-Frankston 9784 5555
Southern Metro, (Greater Dandenong) Sergeant Phillip Hulley uNI-Dandenong 9767 7444
Southern Metro, (Kingston, Bayside, Glen Eira) Sergeant Alan Wroblewski Rto-Moorabbin 9556 6194
Southern Metro, (Mornington Peninsula) Sergeant David Stuart uNI-Hastings 5970 7800
Southern Metro, (Port Phillip) Sergeant Douglas Bowles uNI-South Melbourne 9690 3088
Southern Metro, (Stonnington) Sergeant John Pattison CIu-Stonnington 9520 5216
SSD - Emergency Response 1 (Air Wing, Dog Squad, Mounted Branch) Sen Con Paul Hunter Air Wing 9289 3500
SSD - Emergency Response 2 (SAR, Water Police) Sen Con Matthew Blythe Water Police 9399 7500
SSD - FRu/SOG Sergeant Stuart Oliver Special Operations Group 9247 5578
SSD - Police CommuNIcations Division Sergeant Adrian Hurring Police Operations Centre (D24) 9247 3222
SSD - Protective Services uNIt PSO Peter Marsden Protective Services uNIt 9247 3893
TTSD - Traffic Support Division Sen Con Trevor Collins Major Collision Brunswick 9380 7299
TTSD - Transit Safety Division Sergeant Mark Spackman uNI-TRANSIT 9247 3300
Western, (Ballarat, Moorabool) Sen Con Ivan Blomeley Ballarat Prosecutions 5336 6074
Western, (Campaspe) Sen Con Rodney Pell uNI-Echuca 5482 2255
Western, (Colac - Otway/Surf Coast) Sen Con Michael Palmer CIu-Colac 5231 2613
Western, (Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges,Central Goldfields) Sen Con Sean Dickson uNI-Bendigo 5448 1300
Western, (Greater Geelong) Sen Con Maurice Banks Highway Patrol-Geelong 5225 3150
Western, (Horsham, West Wimmera, Hindmarsh) Sen Con James Richardson uNI-Goroke 5386 1004
Western, (Mildura) Sen Con Michael Baldock uNI-Mildura 5018 5300
Western, (Northern Grampians) Sen Con Darren Brown uNI-Stawell 5358 8222
Western, (Southern Grampians, Glenelg) Sen Con David Tognon uNI-Heywood 5527 1614
Western, (Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Buloke) Sergeant David Mark uNI-Lake Boga 5037 2201
Western, (Warrnambool, Moyne) Sen Con Matthew Laxton CIu-Warrnambool 5560 1155
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