POLICE PRIDE MARCH A VALUABLE LESSON.

POLICE PRIDE MARCH A VALUABLE LESSON.

To see police involved in a fracas  at the recent Pride march is deplorable. This outcome was inevitable, and police should never have put themselves in this position.

Irrespective of who was the instigator of the melee, the Police, instead of performing the police function to solve a social problem, were part of it.

The seeds for this outcome were sown some twenty years ago when the Police moved from policing the event to being part of it.

The CAA logo features Lady Justice, who is depicted as blindfolded, showing Justice is blind.

The meaning is profound and forms the basis of our Justice system, which includes the Police.

Police must never become part of the issue and remain independent to exercise their powers in a dispassionate way, not showing favouritism or bias to the problems they are policing.

Being part of this march destroys impartiality and undermines the fundamental role of the Police.

We also noticed Police uniforms adorned in trinkets supporting the pride genera. These displays, supporting a particular cause, would be irreverent to many and detract from the impartiality that Police should project and preserve.

These displays must not be worn on uniforms or, for that matter, any clothing while a police member is on duty. It is a matter of professional pride.

It also could be argued that this police activity is in breach of their Oath of Office.

…that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign as a police officer in Victoria in any capacity in which I may be appointed, promoted, or reduced to, without favour or affection, malice or ill-will for the period of [ insert period ] from this date, and until I am legally discharged, that I will see and cause the peace to be kept and preserved, and that I will prevent to the best of my power all offences, and that while I continue to be a police officer I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties legally imposed on me faithfully and according to law.

This issue has nothing to do with the personal preferences exercised by any member of the Force in their private lives. That is their business, and if they want to march, they have every right to participate, just not in uniform.

In many ways, this clash was inevitable.

According to reports, there has been anti-police sentiment for a long time, and leadership should have been taken to avoid the inevitable confrontation.

In this event, participants dress up gregariously, as is their right; however, by high-level participation by the Police, they are relegating the uniform to fancy dress.

There are always huge risks when police favour one particular group, and we are confident that the Police Command would not tolerate uniformed Police marching in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, anti-COVID, Union movement, anti-government, environmental or the myriad of other special interest groups.

The test may again come as those who support Palestine become more vociferously anti-Israel as that war drags on.

Police, like all Australians, are entitled to exercise their right to lawful assembly, just not in uniform.

We encourage Victoria Police, in the interest of fair justice for all, to issue a direction that police on or off duty cannot participate in any demonstrations or cause in uniform.

Demonstrating a bias for or against any particular interest group is counterintuitive to effective policing.

POLICE OPERATIONAL BIAS

POLICE OPERATIONAL BIAS

The breaking down of law and order in Victoria has been evident for some time, but recently, this concept has accelerated to a very worrying level.

The past is only relevant to identify patterns; the future is the worry, as it seems nothing is being done to arrest the decline.

Currently, the situation where demonstrators, seemingly with impunity, do whatever they can to intimidate another sector of the community, instilling gross fear on any part of the community, is unacceptable on so many levels.

Worryingly, is that the intimidation is so vitriolic it is only a ‘hair’s breadth’ away from violence.

The seriousness of the situation cannot be downplayed, and yet the Police, who are responsible for maintaining law and order, seem ineffective through bias.

This is not the Australian way.

The bias by Policing has been developing for some time, and we suggest it has a lot to do with the failure of the principle of the ‘Separation of Powers’[i], a long-held presumption that has been eroded, and the management of public order is where it most obviously manifests.

The failure of this principle, where the decisions and responses to public order are tainted by Political bias, is a two-way street.

The blatant direct involvement of politics in decision-making has become far less obvious, but we are sure it still occurs; what has evolved is a far more insidious, unconscious bias. A will to please political masters or those who support the government without direct interaction.

The Police have no role in allowing partisan views to influence responses but must respond on the basis of maintaining law and order, and that includes protecting vulnerable groups and all citizens; the issues and reasons for disquiet must never influence the operational response.

Some of the disquiet in police ranks that has provoked industrial action recently has been attributed to the Forces’ obvious bias.

This move toward partisanship with the government of the day has been an attempt by Governments to own police powers and have a far greater say in the operations of Policing, a repugnant concept that might seem fine in theory, but, as we have seen, makes Policing ineffective.

The current demonstrations against Israel by pro-Palestinian groups supporting Hamas are a case in point.

The basis of the demonstrations is those allegedly opposed to Israel’s response to the attacks, hostage-taking and murders committed by Hamas. The role of Victoria Police must not be influenced by the reasons for the demonstration but by providing a Police response to maintain Law and order and should be as concerned with protecting the abused Jews as they should be for those who identify as Pro-Palestinian.

The accusation of police bias is a ‘hot button’ issue sure to raise the ire of Police executives. Be that as it may, the matter is immensely serious, and the issue of the breakdown of the ‘Separation of Powers’ and biase must be corrected.

To ignore the issue will be a blight on the capacity of Police Senior management as this issue lies at their feet.

The following list of incidents indicates beyond doubt that bias is at play and must be addressed.

  • Black Lives Matter – passive police response acting as spectators.
  • COVID-19 – aggressive police response including use of firearms on demonstrators – aggressive role extending over numerous occasions for two years, including chasing and dispersing demonstrators using defensive weapons like pepper spray as an attack weapon. Tea bagging protestors to make them breach the COVID rules.
  • Sundry environmental demonstrations – passive police role acting as spectators.
  • Pro-Palestine (Hamas) demonstrations -passive police response acting as spectators.

We do not support unnecessarily aggressive responses but demand the Police apply the law without fear or favour, malice or ill will, absolutely, irrespective of the issue at hand.

Following this principle will rapidly improve and rebuild the image and confidence that the community had in its Police, and the police members will be able to return to the non-partisan positions they once were able to hold in their professional capacity, improving the morale within the organisation so that the workplace again becomes non-partisan.

We acknowledge, however, that the government has a lot to answer for by diluting the Police power to manage these issues by repealing the ‘move on’ Laws.

It has seriously diminished police authority to perform their task.

By removing those powers, the closest analogy is a law to remove the ability of doctors to carry a stethoscope when working in Emergency Rooms (ER).

The Victoria Police can and must do better operationally, free from Government pressure and interference.

[i] In Australia, the power to make and manage laws is shared between the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. The separation of powers avoids any person or group having all the power. https://peo.gov.au/

 

PVISP Newsletter

PVISP Newsletter

 

Welcome to the first edition of the Community Advocacy Alliance, Police Veterans in Schools Newsletter.

 

Chairman’s Message                                                                                       

This first Police Veterans in Schools Newsletter is an historic moment in the life of The Community Advocacy Alliance Inc’s history following our successful launch of the Program on 23 November 2019.

I acknowledge the enormous amount of work done by all concerned with special thanks to our CEO, Ivan Ray.

The need for police to have good relationships with young people, particularly before they become offenders, is so blatantly obvious that it is difficult to understand what is holding the Victoria Police back from becoming totally involved.  After all, it is clear current policing practices have failed miserably in preventing youth crime.

Using the successful Police in Schools Program introduced to Victoria in 1989 as a guide, it is obvious that the PVISP will have a significant impact in keeping many young people out of trouble to the benefit of the community at large.  The workload of overworked rank and file police can only diminish as a result.

I am extremely confident that our PVISP will go from strength to strength.

The agreement of former Member, Ron Fenton, to act as our roving Ambassador and adopting his ‘service dog, Yogi’ as our Mascot is a reminder of the danger of police service and I thank Ron for his involvement.

My message to the Government and the Victoria Police is to take your collective heads out of the sand and get involved.  Young people deserve help, and the community demands more significant action to curb youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

I thank all members of the CAA Board and all our supporters for their enthusiastic support.

Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year to all.

Kelvin (Kel) Glare  AO  APM

CAA Chair

 

PVISP Launch

After the recent successful launch at the Box Hill RSL on Saturday the 23rd of November,

we are now hard at work going through the initial phase of linking Veterans to their schools. Rita Panahi was our guest of honour tasked with officially launching our program. Over sixty invited guests joined veteran volunteers and the CAA Board at the event where the program was laid out for all. Rita expressed her amazement that this task should fall to the retired Police who were receiving no official support practical or otherwise. Rita emphasised the point that the program was a ‘No Brainer’ and she was astounded at the response from Vitoria Police as it defied logic. She also referred to, the fact that should not be overlooked, that Retired Police were so motivated by current in-action they felt it necessary to step up, and that says it all.

New Mascot                                     

Yogi and Ron have become our mascot and Ambassador, you can work out which is which. Ron a Police Veteran severally injured in the line of duty protecting Victorians, who to this day suffers as a result of being shot in the head by a deranged criminal, has Yogi as his guardian angel. Yogi is trained to warn Ron when difficulties start to manifest and he has improved Ron’s quality of life dramatically. Ron still carries shrapnel that cannot be removed from his head and has suffered the consequences of the damage by those fragments. The damage done by the bullet has required Ron to learn to walk and talk again and regain mobility a challenge in its self. Medicine has done as much as it can for Ron but it has been Yogi that has provided the missing link.

Ron will be visiting schools and introducing Yogi to the children in support of the schools Veteran Officers. We are confident that Yogi will embrace his new role and acquit himself with his new skill of breaking down barriers with young people. Incidentally, having a real live Police hero in the classroom may also help.

 

 

School Expressions of interest

*All schools should have a Veteran allocated by the start of the school year

*Additional schools are currently under consideration

School Veteran
Camberwell Primary School TBA
Cheltenham College TBA
Bannockburn P12 TBA
Stenevsville Primary School Ross Whittingham
St Leonards College TBA
Karingal Primary School TBA
Wallan Primary School Roger Sanders
St Francis Xavier College TBA
Kerrimuir Primary School TBA
   
   
   

 

 

Rita Panahi to launch Police Veterans in Schools

Rita Panahi to launch Police Veterans in Schools

10th of November’19

Popular Herald Sun journalist and Sky News presenter Rita Panahi will be launching the Police Veterans In Schools Program (PVISP) later this month. Rita with a reputation of, telling it like it is, is a natural fit for the Community Advocacy Alliance (CAA) who are equally committed to, telling it like it is, albeit, like Rita, we are not appreciated in some quarters.

The proposal for a PVISP program is already attracting retired Police Veteran volunteers who understand the importance of educating children on the role of police and how to deal with the social challenges they face.

With the many years of police service, the veterans have experience many current serving Police member have yet to gain, so are brilliantly equipped to educate and provide guidance for our young Victorians.

The program has also attracted a number of schools who are very enthusiastic about having a PVISP Veteran join their school community. Already local government is pushing to have the program introduced in their municipality so the growth of the program is ensured.

As the inquiry level increases, the CAA is gearing up for the increased demand both from the schools, and the Police Veterans wanting to participate.