Ron Iddles calls for ‘police receipt’ trial to be scrapped in Victoria
The Police Association wants a controversial ‘receipt’ trial scrapped, saying it’s stopping police from doing their job.
Ron Iddles told Neil Mitchell the trial, which has been going for six months at Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Boroondara and Mildura, was causing more problems than it was fixing.
‘If you pull over a car and there’s no offence, you’ve then got to issue a receipt to everybody in the vehicle and say why you’ve spoken to them,’ Mr Iddles explained on 3AW Mornings.
‘But what it’s done has hamstrung our members.
‘If it’s 2am and you see two young guys walking down a lane with a backpack ? 101 policing says ‘go and talk to them’ and see what they’re doing.
‘But now you’ve got to issue a receipt.
‘And if they’re Sudanese, the first thing they will say is ‘you’re targeting me because of my race’ ? that’s not true ? they’re targeting you because it’s two in the morning and I want to see what’s in your backpack.
‘The members then think to themselves that it’s not worth the effort, it’s not worth the trouble and I’ll get a complaint out of this.
‘So, in the end, they don’t check them.’
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