• Move police resources to focus on violent crime
A more targeted approach to domestic violence is a key component in Victorian public safety.
The Australian Sex Party is highly critical of the current deployment of resources by Victoria Police. Domestic Violence comprises almost 50% of reported assaults in Victoria and this is the most unreported category of assaults. The real figure is probably several times greater. Yet Victoria Police continue to saturate late night entertainment venues where the assault rate is less than 2% of reported assaults and is the only category to be in decline.
It would appear that Victoria Police has a deliberate policy of disrupting legitimate businesses in the same way that they attempt to disrupt organised crime networks, which is scandalous. It is common practice for Victoria Police to send over 20 officers into Melbourne’s late night entertainment venues at their busiest time, tie up key management staff for up to an hour and simply check red lines on plans that haven’t changed in 15 years, staff training records, signage and other technicalities. Authorities would not disrupt a pilot in mid flight or fire fighters attending an emergency simply to check their credentials so what is Victoria Police’s rationale in putting at risk the duty of care that small business operators have in regard to their patrons.
This work also duplicates the work of Gaming and Licensing Compliance Officers and could easily be done more effectively by arrangement with small business operators during the week. This inefficient duplication of effort was highly criticised in a report released by the Victorian Auditor General.
Victoria Police have also been issuing licensed venues with infringement notices on dubious grounds, quite likely to meet performance quotas, only to drop charges before they are heard in Court, which leaves small business operators with huge legal bills.
The Australian Sex Party recognises the importance of providing the community with a diverse range of social opportunities. Encouraging people to get out more and socialise was a key element in addressing domestic violence. Effective deployment of police resources was another.
The Australian Sex Party is a civil rights party and promotes the rights of adults to socialise freely.