Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
Vote against the Police and Emergency Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the opposition to the provision of police powers to armed Protective Service Officers (PSOs) across Victoria in the case of an emergency under the changes outlined in the Police and Emergency Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.

PSOs receive only a fraction of police training which is not adequate to manage the expansion of powers that this Bill is seeking. These amendments would enable armed PSOs to become involved in a broader range of complex situations with vulnerable people, despite not having adequate levels of skill, training and oversight. It is also important to note that the Auditor-General has found no evidence that PSOs reduce crime.

Victorians are also concerned with accountability and believe that the police misconduct system in Victoria lacks the independence and resources to properly investigate the conduct of police and PSOs. We believe that these additional powers would create more detrimental impacts on the community than any potential benefits and therefore the proposed Bill must be opposed.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council vote against the Police and Emergency Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.
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Mr David Limbrick