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Police take ‘very strong’ stance on safe injecting rooms

Police have taken a stand on safe injecting rooms.

The Andrews Government remains opposed to a trial in Richmond, but the Police Association has today joined the state coroner, paramedics, health experts and families of victims to support the trial.

Union secretary Wayne Gatt told Ross and John a safe injecting room trial would not stop police from tackling traffickers.

“Our view is very strong on this,” he said.

“Any proposed trial must not impede the discretion of policing and certainly not impede our ability to go about our job actually tackling drug-related crime.

“What we’re saying is, we won’t stand in the way of people that need help getting to it, and I think that’s a really important distinction.

“This is about saving lives, and I think our delegates … recognise that.”

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