VicPol reforms to benefit public

VICTORIANS can expect a police force “equipped to face the crime-fighting and law-enforcement challenges of the 21st century” following a State Government commitment to reforms proposed by the Jack Rush QC report.

Among others, the reforms proposed better workforce planning, modernising the regulatory framework as well as clarifying the accountabilities of police command.

The report was an inquiry into the command, management and functions of the senior structure of Victoria Police in the wake of former chief commissioner Simon Overland’s departure from the force, with 24 of the 25 recommendations accepted in full or in substantial part.

Acceptance of the recommendations will require a number of amendments to the Police Regulation Act 1958.

At the same time, Police and Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan released details of the VicPol Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and the allied benefits agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding with The Police Association Victoria.

Notably, the new agreement and allied benefits underpinned by the introduction of the country’s first police registration board will allow members on leave to remain registered.

New processes will also improve the efficiency of appeals on non-selection for transfers and promotions to two weeks from 75 days presently, which Mr Ryan said would represent significant improvements to families, especially in regional Victoria.

Mr Ryan said other matters outlined in the new EBA included more management prerogative, as well as shift and roster changes to improve flexibility in the allocation of members and Protective Service Officers.