Victoria Police have been preparing for these ‘unprecedented times’ (well, except for 1919, aka Spanish flu) for a little while, where over the past few years they’ve been advertising on the television for 3000 new recruits.
The entry ‘standard’ has dropped from that of a generation or two ago, where now all sorts of rubbish can obtain a badge.
This is a shortened summary from a person on the job, with regards to a couple of events as told.
One morning we were briefed that we have to do some PR shots with the media, which included the use of ADF personnel in order to solidify that any sort of non compliance from Melburnians will not be met by one force but rather two.
We had to stage our steps with the ADF and give enough time for the photographers to take their hero shots.
What’s annoying is that since we’re on the job we had go to another location quickly to attend to a matter where the ADF guys have done their job, and we must part our ways, contrary to the image given before.
In another briefing we were told that we must go out and fine as many people for not wearing masks as possible, as this will be beneficial for our pay rises, and also prop up the stats.
This really pissed me off so no fines were given out.
I joined the force to do good for the community and not be some sort of government private security contractor.
This is not what I signed up for.
I really had enough of this!