Police have been advised to register as silent voters. Photo: Getty Images
The police union issued a directive to its members on Thursday afternoon to "strongly encourage" police to register as a silent voters.
"In the current security environment all police and PSO members are strongly encouraged to consider protecting their personal information by registering as a silent elector," union secretary Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles said.
Silent enrolment means that the address of a registered voter will not be published in the electoral roll, which is a publicly-available document.
Any voter who believes their or their family's safety is at risk by being on the roll can apply to the Electoral commission to have it removed.
Senior Sergeant Iddles told members that the union would also lobby the federal government to have the process automated for police and Protective Service Officers (PSOs).
This would require a legislative change to the Commonwealth Electoral Act. The act gives people the right to access the roll, considering it integral to the conduct of free and fair elections.
The push is the latest in anti-terrorism safety measures for police amidst fears they would be the target of an attack.
Force command instructed members earlier this month to stop working on their own, except in some circumstances such as single-officer stations and specialist units.
Officers were also told to wear their full safety equipment including bullet-proof vests when on patrol and working at station reception areas.
They were also directed to not park marked police cars at or near police officers' homes.
The new policy formalised advice force command issued when the national threat level was raised to "high" in January.
It came after four men were arrested in Melbourne's east in April over an alleged plot to attack a police officer at an Anzac Day event.
theage.com.au 28 May 2015
Why Victoria Police?
Is there going to be (maybe a false flag) event in the near future wot warrant this?
Victoria Police is the country's most corrupt police force?
Victoria Police submit falsified documents to the courts every single day, without ANY repercussions whatsoever.