February 2018 Journal

In this month’s Journal, we revisit the tragic pre-Christmas Flinders Street pedestrian attack through the eyes of three constables who, on their first shift as Victoria Police officers, were among the first responders.

Their recollections of helping to restore some calm amid the chaos, both personally and professionally, provide a unique perspective on the policing experience during an unfolding critical incident.

The involvement of more than a dozen first-day recruits in the response to the Flinders Street attack was highlighted by TPAV Secretary Wayne Gatt in media interviews as an example of the unique challenges faced by our members from the rst day they enter the job until the last.

In the past two months, The Association has been very active in the media, highlighting core issues faced by our members every day: threats to their safety and what we see as insufficient punishment by the courts for offenders who assault police.

We revisit our summer of advocacy on those issues, inside.

Another long-standing issue of importance to members is the police uniform. We reveal and examine the results of a survey of more than 2000 members about every aspect of the uniform, and the major perceived defects that affect the ability of members to carry out their duties.

In this edition of The Journal, we remind members involved in critical incidents of the importance of contacting The Association to obtain qualified legal advice prior to speaking to investigators.

We outline the definition of a ‘critical incident’ and a guide for members on the best way to seek assistance in the event they are involved in one.

Finally, in early preparation for our 2019 Enterprise Bargaining (EB) round, we detail how members can get involved in the coming weeks to ensure they have their say and shape our claim, as it’s imperative that we accurately re ect the views of all members during this important process.

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