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How to report sexual crimes explained in different languages

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 June 2020: Victoria Police has today released updated translated resources to help culturally and linguistically diverse communities better understand how to report a sexual crime to police.

The resource is an in-depth guide that explains the process from reporting a sexual crime to police, which includes recording a statement and collecting evidence, through to the court journey.

It is available in English, Easy English, and 20 other languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Malay, Spanish, Serbian, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Inspector Marnie Johnstone from Victoria Police’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse & Team said all victims of sexual crime should have access to important services and information, including about how to request help from police.

“We understand that reporting sexual assaults to police can be a difficult decision for some people to make, Inspector Johnstone said.

“This can be even more daunting for those in our community who may not speak English as their first language.

“Sexual assaults are an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.

“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.

“These resources help raise awareness of these crimes among our community and assist victims to understand the investigation process, their rights, and options.

“We want information about police processes to be accessible to all communities so that we can empower people to know what to expect during what can be a difficult and stressful time.

“If you, or someone you know, are concerned about something that has happened to you, we encourage you to come and speak with us. Victoria Police has dedicated detectives who are trained to listen to these complex stories.”

CLICK HERE TO access Victoria Police – Reporting sexual offenses booklet here.

Blue skies ahead for Vic Police with state-of-the-art Leonardo AW139 helicopter

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 23 June 2020: It’s blue skies ahead for Victoria Police, with the first of four state-of-the-art aircraft now ready and raring to provide tactical support to frontline police from above.

Following a tender and procurement process, the Victoria Police Air Wing has welcomed the first of four new aircraft to its Essendon Fields base.

The final two helicopters and a fixed-wing plane are due in the coming months and the quartet will replace the unit’s existing midrange utility choppers.

The 7 tonne Leonardo AW139 helicopters, provided by StarFlight Victoria, have advanced infrared camera and mapping systems, as well as improved object detection software to assist with marine and land-based searches.

Air Wing Inspector Craig Shepherd said the helicopters afforded greater power and longer endurance than their 4.8 tonne predecessors and could also seat three times as many people.

“We’re a support service for all other responding units across Victoria Police,” Insp Shepherd said.

“Having the extra capability and technology in our helicopters means we can deliver more police officers to jobs and provide greater support to ground units.

“It enables us to strengthen our community response as incidents are unfolding and provide increased surveillance where required.”

The fixed-wing Beechcraft Super King Air 350ER, acquired from Skytraders, will be the first plane to be used by Victoria Police for over 20 years.

While the plane boasts the same camera and mapping equipment as the helicopters, it also has the added advantage of being able to remain airborne for more than 10 hours, negating the need for refueling along the way.

“This will greatly support our response to rural and regional areas that require assistance from the Air Wing,” Insp Shepherd said.

“We can task our members to cover more areas and effectively provide better service across Victoria through an uninterrupted viewing platform.”

The Victoria Police Air Wing has been operating since the mid-1970s and responds to more than 5000 jobs a year.

It supports a range of functions including callouts for search and rescue, crime prevention and detection, ground unit direction, surveillance, and rapid deployment of specialist units including tactical police, Dog Squad units, Searches and Rescue, and Water Police.

The unit also assists across geographic areas that can’t be easily navigated on foot due to steep or mountainous terrain.

The expansion of the Victoria Police Air Wing has been funded as part of the Victorian Government’s 2017 Community Safety Statement.

New Victoria Police videos in different languages on family violence help

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 5 JUNE 2020: Victoria Police has today launched videos in additional multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.

Following the successful launch of the videos in English and 12 other languages last month, the videos are now available in an additional 13 languages: Hindi, Pashto, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Malay, Somali, Russian and Polish.

The videos are now available in a total of 26 languages, which also includes English and 12 other languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Macedonian, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command Dean McWhirter acknowledged the current challenging times for the community and highlighted the different ways victims could seek support.

“People may be particularly vulnerable during these times as the community stays at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but home might not always be the safest place to be,” AC McWhirter said.

“We are releasing these videos to remind everyone in our community that Victoria Police continue to help people if they feel unsafe.

“If you or a member of your family does not feel safe, there are people you can talk to and support services available to help you.

“Everyone in our community should have information about the services available to them, especially in these particularly stressful times.

“Family violence is an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.

“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.
“These videos help raise awareness that family violence is a crime, help victims understand who they can speak to for support, and let victims know that they are not alone.

“If you are concerned that a family member or friend is experiencing family violence, take the time to check in on them in any way that is safe for you, and safe for them.”

In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). If English is not your first language, they will connect you to an interpreter.

The videos can be accessed from the Victoria Police YouTube page.

For more information about family violence in different languages, visit the Victoria Police website.

Source- Victoria Police Media Release, 5 June, 2020.

Victoria Police detect 790 family violence offences during pandemic

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 May 2020: Victoria Police has detected hundreds of family violence offences as it continues its efforts in protecting victims during the coronavirus pandemic.

A state-wide family violence operation dedicated to preventing and reducing family violence involves specialist detectives from the Family Violence Investigation Units checking in regularly with victims and monitoring high-risk perpetrators.

Operation Ribbon, which commenced on 13 April 2020, was set up to prevent the anticipated increase of family violence incidents as people stay at home with limited opportunities to access support.

Since the operation commenced, police have conducted 2433 checks, including 748 compliance checks on high-risk perpetrators, and spoken to 1693 affected family members across the state.

During these visits, 780 family violence offences were detected including breaches of intervention order and assault.

This has resulted in 100 people being charged and remanded for family violence-related and other criminal offenses. A further 98 people were also arrested to appear in court.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the dedicated operation was crucial in ensuring victims were safe during a particularly stressful time.

“While everyone is working together to tackle this global health pandemic, many in our community are experiencing an especially tough time,” CCP Ashton said.

“These results are a tragic reminder that while the home is supposed to be the safest place to be, we know for some, it is the most dangerous with people experiencing abuse at the hands of their loved ones.

“This operation is a stern reminder to perpetrators that we are watching and making sure they don’t cause harm.

“You can leave your home if that means you are escaping harm. Police will help you to do this.”

Operation Ribbon will continue during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future.

Operation Sentinel: Victoria Police starts to enforce regulations to suppress Coronavirus spread

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 March 2020 17:57: The Victoria Police has today started a dedicated operation to enforce containment measures put in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus. Operation Sentinel will see police conduct spot checks on returning travelers who should be in self-isolation and follow up tips received from the general public and other sources.

It will also enforce bans on indoor and outdoor gatherings at non-essential venues and businesses. Police will proactively patrol places of mass gathering such as beaches and shopping centers to ensure restrictions are being complied with.

The operation is being managed out of the State Police Operations Centre and has 500 police from Transit, the Public Order Response Team (PORT), and police across Victoria who will perform these checks and enforce bans.

In a reply to an SAT query about the task force, Victoria Police says, “We will provide everyone with further details around the task force, its operating model and how it will ensure public measures around self-isolation and mass gatherings are adhered to as soon as possible.”

“It’s also important to note that we will not be providing breakdowns of how many police will be working on this task force by specific suburbs, regions or towns. The Taskforce will be cover the entire state and any comments made will be at a state level only at this stage,” the Victoria Police adds.

Deputy Commissioner Nugent said situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and police have a range of options available to deal with those who refuse to follow the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

“People can be issued with an official warning, directed to return home, or charged on summons where a person repeatedly refuses to obey a direction or blatantly disregards the restrictions. People can also face heavy fines” he said.

“We are urging people to take the restrictions seriously and do the right thing – don’t be selfish is our message,” he said.

“For police, it’s not just about fines or arrests but ensuring everyone in the community understands the serious risks associated with Coronavirus and the importance of complying with the directions from the Chief Health Officer.”

“We know this is a challenging time for everyone and we’ll be asking our officers to use a commonsense approach when dealing with these matters.”

“Already we have seen a degree of ignorance where people think it’s okay to just go out for a breakfast or to see a friend when it’s absolutely not.”

“We also want to take advantage of Operational Sentinel to engage with the community, provide any further education around current requirements, and do everything we can to protect the safety of all Victorians.”

“It gives police the opportunity to check on the health and wellbeing of those in self-isolation, and see if they need any further support such as medical assistance.”

“So far, people are for the most part complying with the restrictions. We want to ensure that continues and people are showing each other the right amount of respect.”

“People who ignore the restrictions are placing others at significant risk, which means more people will become infected. This includes their family, friends, and others in the community.”

” Police are working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to identify those who are failing to self-isolate. Spot checks are already being performed on individuals who have returned from overseas, and on venues and suspected mass gatherings. At this time, no one has been charged with refusing or failing to comply with the direction. Fines for people who do not comply with the direction are $20,000 for individuals or $100,000 for companies or corporations, says a Victoria Police Tweet today.