Wed. May 18th, 2022

“In order for us to continue this important work, it is important that our employees are vaccinated in accordance with the government’s recent mandate. This ensures that their colleagues and the community are not at risk of being spread by the virus by the police. ”

A new protest against lockdown restrictions is planned in Melbourne on Saturday with organizers using social media to encourage people to come out again.

Acting senior sergeant Krystle Mitchell during the interview.

Acting senior sergeant Krystle Mitchell during the interview.Credit:Distinguished

It is extremely unusual for police to speak without permission from their superiors, especially when expressing concerns from serving members.

Mitchell appeared in the interview, which was posted on social media in full uniform, with her nameplate and rank clearly visible on camera.

Mitchell said cases of police aggression in her opinion could be attributed in part to enforcement by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.

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“I think the reason or the question of why the police might either feel more courageous to act as they are in relation to these harsher actions is because of the messages coming from Dan [Andrews],” she said.

“Everyone is listening to Daniel Andrews, he is the premier of our state and he is telling us what to do on a daily basis.”

Mitchell, who says she works within the Equality and Inclusion Command, said it was not easy for her to make the decision to speak publicly about some of her colleagues in the force because it would likely cost her her job.

“How I see my organization being used during this pandemic and worried a lot. The stories they tell me and the stories they share privately on our union’s Facebook page about their experiences in dealing with society during the pandemic … it’s really hard for them, ”she said.

“Part of the reason is that I wanted to do this while still operating and wearing the uniform today so that society can see that it is not only the police who are against them and so that the police can see that it is not are all protesters who come there to fight with you, it’s a minority, there’s a minority on both sides.

“The way we politicize now has completely changed, and the vast majority of the police’s focus is on CHO directions, which you know are violations of your daily freedoms.”

On Friday, police officers expressed anger and dismay at what they say were major tactical and communication errors from the police command that led to several injuries during a violent protest last month.

Their concerns were outlined in a violent police union audit that has recommended urgent changes to how the force handles demonstrations after the Sept. 18 protest rally in which hundreds marched through the streets of Richmond and Kews and fought fiercely with general tasks, police officers.

The review, which ended this week, showed that many members felt let down by Victoria Police and that the force failed to protect them at the violent demonstration in which 10 officers were injured. The union said it had heard from 1,000 members about the incident, many of whom were angry or worried.

A spokesman for the police association said the organization was “busy” supporting police and protection officials during the pandemic, which had led to health risks and enormous workloads and responsibilities.

“We wish this former member of Victoria Police well and hope she gets the support she needs,” the spokesman said.

With Erin Pearson.

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