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Victoria police chief warns staff to act as misconduct complaints against officers rise

“We need public trust and we need public trust in us. We need our members to have trust and confidence in each other,” he said.

Nearly 100 disciplinary hearings involving the military’s 18,000 police and PSOs were held in the past year. In 2022, Victoria Police will dismiss a total of 17 officers found to have been involved in serious misconduct, with a further 30 resigning before the disciplinary process was completed.

Patton said it was a slight increase from the previous year, but could not provide an exact figure.

I don’t know how you can go out and lock someone as a drug user if you’re gearing yourself up.

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton

The Chief Commissioner attributes this to increased reports of misconduct among employees, improved workplace culture, more frequent alcohol and drug testing of staff, and an increase in the Victorian Police force workforce.


“We’ve brought more people together than ever before. We’re representing the community now, but in reality there will be some people who are bad apples,” Patton said. .

“What this shows is that we are ready to investigate and we are ready to ask them for an explanation.”

However, data from the military’s annual report showed that last year the military shrank for the first time since 2018, losing a total of 384 employees, including 128 police officers and 24 protective services officers. I’m here.

Victoria Police are struggling to retain and recruit new officers. Public confidence in law enforcement plummeted to record low.

Patton said the majority of employees who misbehave will be fired, but that employees caught behind the wheel for even slightly exceeding the legal alcohol limit will not necessarily lose their jobs. admitted.

He said the increase in reports of misconduct did not indicate that the military’s recruitment process needed to be stepped up, and that he was “very happy” with the current vetting process.

Victorian Police Association Commissioner Wayne Gut backed Patton’s decision to warn employees, telling 3AW Thursday morning that it’s not uncommon for employers to talk to employees about their expectations. .

“Overwhelmingly, people end up losing their jobs if there is criminal activity,” Gatto said. “But they are very few in the overall numbers that the discipline system looks at.”

He said it was “anxiety, mistakes, mistakes made” that were most frequent in disciplinary hearings.


Prime Minister Daniel Andrews also spoke out in support of Mr Patton, telling reporters on Thursday that the email was part of Victoria Police’s work to address cultural issues.

“A lot has been written and a lot said about police culture in our country and around the world, whether it’s the Victorian Police or any other police force,” he said.

“You would have thought it would be perfectly fine for our Chief of Police to be there to remind everyone, sworn or unsworn, that they are not above the law.”

Andrews said it would not be appropriate to comment on whether officers who discovered misconduct should be fired immediately.

The Professional Standards Command, the body within the Victoria Police Department that deals with allegations of misconduct, is currently in the process of reforming its complaints process.

Information remains scarce on the nature of the changes that will begin before the end of the year, but police should seek changes in current legislation.

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