Monday, 30 December 2013

Commission's support for recommendations and future role: Victoria Police Community Consultation on its Field Contact Policy and Cross-Cultural Training

The Commission welcomes the Victoria Police response to the community consultation and the actions articulated in the Three Year Action Plan released today.

Both Victoria Police and members of the Victorian community have put in a lot of work over the past few months to identify challenges and engage constructively on next steps to improve understanding and outcomes.

It is clear from the report that Victoria Police is committed to taking action to address issues raised by the community on its policies and practices. This is very welcome.

The Commission acknowledges that Victoria Police have accepted the majority of the recommendations in the Commission's submission and many of those made by community stakeholders. This reflects an open approach to community feedback and a strong commitment to human rights consistent policing.

The Commission recognises that the timing of changes will depend on practical options being developed and effective consultation with the community and police members.

The Commission looks forward to working closely with Victoria Police on implementing the plan over the next three years.

Noting that the plan contains high-level actions, and that further scoping is required to effectively deliver them, the Commission's response to each of the actions is in the document attached. The Victoria Police response, Equality is not the same, and external review reports on field contacts and cross cultural training are available on the Victoria Police website police.vic.gov.au.

Read the Commission's submission to the consultation.

Read the Commission's response to the Victoria Police Community Consultation on its Field Contact Policy and Cross-Cultural Training (PDF, 89KB) | (DOC, 72KB)