Police body camera footage allowed in Victorian civil lawsuits

Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes has amended laws to allow footage from body-worn cameras to be accessed in lawsuits against police and prison guards to either prove or disprove allegations of abuses of power. Under the previous laws, even judges presiding over civil cases were stopped from viewing body camera footage. Ms Symes said: “Body-worn camera footage Read More …

Following alleged use of excessive force, Victoria Police to pay $11.75 million to man left paralysed

Victoria Police will pay $11.75 million to a man left paralysed after police officers allegedly used excessive force while responding to a noise complaint. Key points: In documents submitted to the Supreme Court, Chris Karadaglis alleged one police officer placed him in a headlock and applied “increasing force” to his neck Victoria Police has agreed to pay Read More …

Ethical Policing in Victoria.

Acting Senior Sergeant Krystle Mitchell is a sworn member of the Victoria Police in Australia. She has served Victorians for 16 years as a police officer including 6 years at Professional Standards Command – the division responsible for investigating police misconduct, corruption, discrimination and freedom of information, referring investigations to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Read More …

Are Police employees of the State?

THE EMPLOYMENT STATUS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN AUSTRALIA At common law Australian police do not fall within the employer-employee relationship. This position seems to remain stubbornly persistent despite some cracks in judicial opinion and growing commentator criticism of the failure of the common law to review the status of police. The often quoted authority for Read More …

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll faces legal challenge to staff COVID vaccination mandate

The Queensland Police Commissioner’s direction for all staff to be vaccinated or face suspension and possible dismissal will be tested in the Supreme Court. Key points: Seven QPS staff, including five serving police officers, are challenging the vaccine mandate They allege the Commissioner’s direction is a breach of anti-discrimination laws They are also seeking a Read More …

POLICE MISCONDUCT

The offence of misconduct in public office provides prosecuting authorities with an ability to charge a public official with an offence that reflects the fact that the circumstances of the offending amount to a non-trivial abuse of the public trust. The cases outlined above provide examples of the types of conduct and procedural breaches that Read More …

DECLARED TESTING FACILITIES.

If police have not tested a drug in a declared testing facility can the evidence of their determination outside of the declared testing facility be relied upon?   In accordance with Section 97(1) Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981, the Chief Commissioner of Police has declared the following as declared testing facilities:     Read More …