Victoria’s new police chief reveals plan for extra road patrols in interview with The Age

Described by colleagues as “details-oriented”, the previous detective had 40 years within the power earlier than he bought the highest job, spending time at a number of interior metropolis stations within the 1980s and 1990s earlier than shifting up the ranks.

As deputy commissioner he launched the power’s hostile car coverage following the Bourke Road assault to permit officers to take direct motion if they believe a driver is about to make use of a automobile as a weapon.

‘Our members are empowered to make choices. Should you assume you might be doing the proper factor you may be supported. My message is get on with it.’

In his interview, he delivered a message to operational police that they are going to be supported when they should make choices within the warmth of the second.

Mr Patton acknowledged that some police have been reluctant to take assertive choices as a result of they feared being criticised throughout subsequent inside evaluations.

“Our members are empowered to make choices. Should you assume you might be doing the proper factor you may be supported. My message is get on with it. There are occasions when members put themselves in danger to guard the group. It’s a part of the job.”

Mr Patton stated native police have to hearken to their group and cope with minor offences reminiscent of burnouts and legal injury that “annoy the hell out of individuals”.

Beneath the brand new drug technique, police will proceed to focus on syndicate heads but additionally transfer on the mid-level sellers that distribute medicine to the road.

Ice and methamphetamine derivatives would be the precedence. “We have to think about the medicine that create the best hurt.”


This, he says, will likely be carried out by native police discovering the drug sellers and from intelligence gathered by the Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Customs and Australia Put up’s Icarus Taskforce that seizes drug packages despatched by the submit.

Police will take a tough line with offenders, remanding extra into custody as soon as arrested. “We will likely be driving down crime and holding offenders to account for his or her actions,” he stated.

Specialists from the crime division’s anti-gangs division will mix with native police to deal with youth gangs.

Mr Patton stated police will evaluation coronavirus work practices to see in the event that they can be utilized to extend efficiencies after the pandemic is over.


These embrace the capability to work remotely, staggered hours and modifying time-consuming bail reporting practices.

He stated police anticipate against the law surge as soon as restrictions are lifted, saying that when the final lockdown was relaxed, “we noticed a snap-back right away”.

Police Affiliation secretary Wayne Gatt welcomed the initiative to return police to the streets.

“It’s all frequent sense. For too lengthy we’ve been chasing our tail.”

He stated senior police had been too fast to divert assets to the newest crime development quite than driving down all crime by a sustained prevention coverage.

“For years our members have been telling us that operating from job to job has lowered our capability to have interaction with the group. It’s our job to make individuals really feel protected and be protected. Our precedence ought to all the time be to stop crime quite than examine it after it has occurred. It’s cheaper, smarter and safer.”

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