Safer SAP holsters are on the way

The Police Association has this week received confirmation from Victoria Police that the current semi-automatic pistol (SAP) holster will be replaced with a safer design with the first batch of supplies expected to be rolled out from August this year.

The Association has had long-held safety concerns around the current holster design which it first brought to the attention of Victoria Police in 2014. Since this time, we’ve been advocating for the replacement of the current holster with a safer design.

Our concerns around this issue were again confirmed following an incident earlier this month which saw a member’s firearm discharged while in its holster. This was the result of unauthorised access to the firearm by an offender. It was fortunate the member managed to escape injury.

In the wake of this incident, we again wrote to Police Command seeking to expedite the progress of this issue.

We therefore welcome Victoria Police’s response to our letter this week confirming that this matter will soon be resolved.

We’ve been advised that an initial roll out of 500 new holsters is expected to take place in August with further deliveries of 6000 quantities per month for the following three months.

We thank those members who have provided our OHS staff with valuable information and advice that has enabled us to progress this issue.

Workplace meetings for Transit PSO members

The Police Association will be conducting a series of 21 meetings of Transit PSO members at ‘direct start’ stations across Melbourne between 13 June and 13 July, inclusive.

Please click here to find out when your local meeting is taking place.

The main purpose of our visits is to informally engage with members about the next enterprise bargaining process.

We have received confirmation from the Chief Commissioner that he has approved the attendance of these meetings on duty.

While the next enterprise bargaining round is not due to formally commence until 2019, it’s never too early to start planning.

Given that the current EBA is now more than a year and a half into its existence, we intend to take the opportunity at these meetings to obtain your feedback about how the current agreement is working.

We also want you to tell us if there are any working conditions you would like to see improve in the next bargaining round and/or identify any issues that are unique to your local area that you would like us to address.

It is intended that the early feedback we receive from these meetings will assist us to start formulating our 2019 EBA claim.

Safety survey for members working 251 shifts

In light of safety concerns, the Association is conducting a 30-second online survey of Sergeants and Acting Sergeants in relation to 251 shifts and the two-up policy.

Members regularly approach us for advice when they have either been rostered one-up, or where they are rostered two-up but end up working one-up as a result of an illness or shortage of resources. This practice causes safety issues for members.

In responding to this survey you will provide us with valuable information to quantify the extent of this issue, and allow us to pursue safer work practices on behalf of our frontline members.

This survey will remain open until 5pm on Monday 29 May 2017

Survey reminder: Road policing members

Our survey of HWP and Road Policing Command members has been extended by two days and will now close at 5pm tomorrow Friday the 19th of May 2017.

If you would like to provide your views to your Association via this confidential survey, but haven’t yet done so, please click the following link:

We thank those members who have already completed our survey.

Wayne Gatt