Tag: Victoria police

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.

Victoria Police fights cybercrime

ELEEHRrU8AILNeZ

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 13 December: Cybercrimes are rising all over the world as more and more people are connected online. Australia is no exception. Internet, computers, smartphones, iPad and many similar devices are essentials of our life. Suspicious emails, identity theft, online fraud, etc. are common to hear. Senior citizens or anyone is often ripped off by online scams. The issue seems to be never-ending. And solutions hazy or nothing. Such a crime is not even reported. Being online seems not to be safe. Then what is to be done to make being online a happy experience?

Detective Acting Sergeant Bec Stokes of the Victoria Police says, “Victims can be elderly who are not very familiar with the technology. But people of any age group are potential targets.”

“For example, one Cybercrime could be the ‘email compromise scam’ where an email with an invoice is hacked and the bank details on the invoice changed and resent leading the money going to someone else,” Bec says.

Bec advises “Never allow remote access to your computer”. In fact, the list of cybercrimes is a long and complicated one. Bec wants people to get hold of ‘The Little Black Book of Scams’ published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), a pocket-sized guide so that you can protect yourself against such scams.

The guide deals with investment scams, dating and romance scams, money scams, online shopping scams, Identity theft, employment scams among others. In the end the most important chapters – The golden rule to protect yourself, Where to find help or support and Where to report a scam.

The guide is available online in PDF (or audio) format at https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/the-little-black-book-of-scams (CLICK BELOW)

1557_Little Black Book of Scams 2019_FA WEB

More information about cyber scams can be found at www.scamwatch.gov.au and www.cyber.gov.au

Victoria Police podcasts on sexual crimes (including Episode-1)

Victoria Police podcasts on sexual crimes

BY SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 4 September: Victoria Police has launched the first episode of a new six-part podcast to help improve the community’s understanding of sexual crime as part of National Child Protection Week.

With a new episode released weekly, the podcast series titled Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime challenges preconceived ideas of sexual offending through interviews with victims, their loved ones and the Victoria Police detectives who managed their investigations.

While the latest statistics showed that more than 3000 children were victims of sexual offences last year, Family Violence Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter said sexual violence is often under-reported.

“Sexual offences and child abuse are often poorly understood, which has a negative impact on the willingness of victims to come forward and seek help,” AC McWhirter said.

“Through this podcast series, I hope we can encourage more victims to report to police, let them know the support available to them around the process, and to challenge some common myths and misconceptions about sexual offences and child abuse.”

Each episode explores a key theme – reporting, investigating, victim reactions, offender behaviour, online grooming and future directions.

All episodes feature a victim-survivor of child sexual abuse or a family member who has bravely shared their story.

AC McWhirter said Victoria Police has a come a long way in its responses to sexual offences and child abuse over the past 10 years.

“Through the establishment of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCIT), Multidisciplinary Centres and the whole story investigative framework, we now provide a specialist, victim-centric response,” AC McWhirter said.

“The podcasts highlight the important and challenging work our passionate SOCIT members do to support victims every day.

“The bringing together of a victim, detective and specialist voices in this podcast series is very powerful as it demonstrates our commitment to providing a response to sexual offences and child abuse that is evidence based and victim focused.”

The free episodes will be released weekly on SoundCloud and iTunes. Make sure you subscribe so you get notified each time a new podcast is available.

In addition to the podcast, Victoria Police will be sharing a range of information to help increase the community’s awareness of child sexual abuse throughout National Child Protection Week.

PODCAST Episode-1

Source: Victoria Police

Victoria Police hosts Iftar with Islamic community

_22A8919

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 15 June: Victoria Police hosted its 13th Chief Commissioner’s Iftar Dinner on Wednesday night (14 June) to commemorate Ramadan with representatives and leaders from Victoria’s Islamic community.

More than 150 people attended the event, including representatives from the Islamic Council of Victoria, the Victorian Board of Imams, Islamic Shia Council of Victoria, Benevolence Australia, United Muslims Sisters of Latrobe Valley, Rabbinical Council of Victoria and the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said he was proud to host his third Iftar Dinner which had a theme of ’social cohesion’.

“The relationship between Victoria Police and the Islamic community is one that we value greatly – and it’s one that is continually strengthened,” CCP Ashton said.

“We are proud to serve a vibrant multicultural community and believe everyone has the right to live free from prejudice regardless of faith, background, age or gender.

“With the recent challenging events across the globe, it’s more important than ever that we focus on those things that unite us, as members of a rich and diverse Victorian community.”

Last night’s dinner, and numerous other Iftar dinners between local Islamic communities and Victoria Police members across the state, provided invaluable opportunities to share experiences and build understanding and respect.

The evening included a presentation on Victoria Police’s Social Cohesion Partnership Project, which focusses on the co-design and delivery of projects by culturally and linguistically diverse communities and their local police. It aims to promote harmony and cultural understanding in local communities.

CCP Ashton said Victoria Police was committed to remaining connected with all communities: “We value all faith communities across the state and our commitment to community engagement will only be strengthened over the coming years.”

Australia offers A$ 100,000 (Rs 57 lakh) reward for return of Indian fugitive

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 7 August : Victoria Police have announced a reward of A$ 100,000 for information leading to the location, arrest and subsequent return to Victoria of Puneet Puneet. . Puneet is believed to be living in India although his exact whereabouts are unknown.
Puneet was born on 7 January 1989 in Chandigarh. He was charged with culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury following a collision in Melbourne on 1 October 2008 which resulted in the death of Mr Dean Hofstee, a 19 year-old student.
Hofstee was walking with his friend Mr Clancy Coker when they were struck by a vehicle being driven by Puneet. Both suffered serious injuries. Coker survived but Hofstee died at the scene.
Experts estimate at the time of the accident Puneet was driving at 148 km/h in a 60km/h zone. Puneet’s blood alcohol reading was 0.165: more than three times the legal limit for a fully licensed driver and as a learner driver it should have been zero.
Puneet was granted bail on strict conditions, including the surrender of his Indian passport but failed to attend his August 2009 court hearing in Melbourne.
Authorities later discovered Puneet left Australia on 12 June 2009 using the passport of another Indian student, Sukhcharanjit Singh. In March 2011, Singh pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. Singh was convicted and sentenced to 2.5 years imprisonment.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said the reward was an important step towards resolving the matter and ensuring justice was done.
“Our initial investigation resulted in Puneet being charged with extremely serious criminal offences. We want Puneet to have his day in court.”
“We believe that there are people in Australia and India who can provide information in relation to Puneet’s whereabouts,” he said.
“Puneet’s actions caused the victim’s families a lot of anguish. We ask that anyone with any piece of information, no matter how small or insignificant, to contact police or Crime Stoppers.”
The Australian Federal Police based in New Delhi have been working with the Central Bureau of Investigation in relation to this case. The reward offered by the Victorian Government will support efforts by Indian authorities to locate and apprehend Puneet.
The Federal Attorney-General’s Department manages all Australian requests for extradition from other countries.

As a matter of long standing practice the Australian Government does not disclose whether it has made, or intends to make, an extradition request to a foreign country until that person is arrested or brought before the court in a foreign country pursuant to that request.
The Extradition Act provides Australia’s legislative basis for extradition. For further information about the process required for extradition, visit http://www.ag.gov.au/extradition

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Puneet in Australia is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. In India, people with information can call the Australian Federal Police at the Australian High Commission on 011 4149 4374. Information can also be provided online at www.crimestoppers.com.au. Information will be handled in strict confidence.