Wangaratta Superintendent Paul O’Halloran wants a workable solution.
A POLICY that bans Victorian police officers from working alone is straining resources in the North East.
Victoria Police is this week expected to announce changes to the policy, which forces most officers to work “two-up”.
The measures were announced earlier this month in light of increased security risks and concerns officers may be targeted and attacked.
The policy means police are being moved between stations, and police in smaller communities are forced to cover a wider area.
Many local officers have welcomed the added safety of the working two-up, but there are concerns about the effect the changes are having on response times.
Police Association secretary Ron Iddles recently told members via a newsletter there were some issues with the policy.
“Understandably, the changes have generated much discussion among our members,” he said.
“Like any change, teething problems always occur.
“Our discussions with Victoria Police have been productive (and) we expect that a revised policy will be released to members in the near future.”
Wangaratta Superintendent Paul O’Halloran said plans put in place needed to be “workable”.
“It needs to balance officer safety with community service,” he said.
Superintendent O’Halloran said there were challenges.
“But they cannot come at the expense of operation safety for members,” he said.
“I would welcome increased police numbers, but that’s really a matter for the government and Victoria Police executive command to consider.
“If there’s an expectation of two-up patrols across the force, then that’s something that the government and executive command may need to look at.”
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