New reforms to support police and the community

Reforms to strengthen the work of Victoria Police in Melbourne’s west and help keep Victorians safe, have been introduced to the Victorian Parliament.

The Justice Legislation Amendment (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2022 delivers changes to help police effectively undertake their day-to-day operations and continue to deliver the services the community requires.

Under the legislation, police will have new powers to protect the security of police premises, including police stations, giving officers the ability to move people on who don’t have a legitimate reason to be there, or pose a threat to the peace.

The legislation also establishes a framework for the Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme which supports current and former police officers who have experienced sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace, providing more transparency around the eligibility criteria and increased privacy protections for participants.

The reforms will also give Victoria Police the option to charge for profit sporting, entertainment, and commercial operators for the real cost of policing commercial events.

The commercial events industry will be consulted on the specific regulations needed to give effect to these new reforms before they commence.

Police minister Lisa Neville said: “We’re delivering sensible but necessary reforms that support the day-to-day operations of Victoria Police, so they can continue their excellent work keeping Victorians safe.”

“These reforms also deliver increased integrity measures, ensuring police using and disclosing information appropriately, and giving the Chief Commissioner greater disciplinary powers where officers have broken the law.”

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