Victoria Police Sergeant Stops Enforcing COVID-19 Public Health Orders

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“I couldn’t be happier in terms of the work I do on a daily basis,” she said in the video.

“But behind it are all my friends who are police officers who work in the front line and every day suffer and enforce CHO instructions that a large majority, or certainly a large majority, do not believe in and will not enforce.

“The consequence of me being here today is that I will withdraw from Victoria Police, effectively at the end of this interview, because the consequence of me coming out in public would be dismissal.”

The AAP understands that Mitchell resigned from Victoria Police on Friday morning before the video was released and she is being investigated by the Professional Standards Command.

She is currently on personal leave and will not return to work.

Mitchell has claimed to be the founder of a group of police officers who oppose mandatory vaccination of the force, and prior to her resignation, she worked in a non-operational role as part of the Equality and Inclusion Command.

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Victoria Police said Ms Mitchell’s comments “in no way” reflected the views of the organization.

“For the past 18 months, our members have worked tirelessly to enforce the Chief Health Officer’s instructions with the aim of curbing the spread of coronavirus to keep all Victorians healthy and to save lives,” police said in a statement.

“The CHO’s instructions are based on health advice and set by the Victorian government. Victoria Police cannot choose which laws it enforces.

“We recognize that this has been an extremely difficult time for all Victorians who have had to give up so much.

“We know how fragile public trust can be, and it’s important that people can trust what we do.”

Victorian Deputy Liberal leader David Southwick said police had visited his office “in tears” over having to enforce public health rules.

“None of them signed up for this, it’s hard work and I sympathize with that front line – they’ve been forced by the Andrews government to enforce some of the toughest rules we’ve seen anywhere,” he said. .

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“That’s not what Victoria Police members signed up for.”

Assistant Treasurer Danny Pearson, who spoke at Victoria’s daily coronavirus update and recently served as acting police minister while Lisa Neville was on leave, thanked Mrs Mitchell for her service and asked questions to the police commissioner.

“Our officers are doing a fantastic job and I think the community really appreciates and respects them for what they do, in very difficult and very difficult circumstances,” he told reporters.

Another protest against lockdown is planned in Melbourne for Saturday.

Victoria Police said it supported the right to protest peacefully “and that has not changed”.

“Although now is not the time to protest due to the risk of spreading the virus and the current restrictions, Victoria Police are committed to facilitating peaceful protests when the instructions allow,” the statement said.

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