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Policing COVID should be an opportunity to educate young people, not fine them


Victoria Police are being urged to help young people comply with the requirement to wear masks, educate them about the recently reinstated Stay at Home restrictions, and wipe fines issued to children to date.

Youthlaw, a specialist legal centre for young people, and other community legal centres have written to the Victorian Chief Police Commissioner, Shane Patton, urging him to instruct police to give children and young people a warning for the first COVID infringement and educate young people about the restrictions.

Victoria -building a police state on the quiet

Talk’s cheap but the Vic Gov’t is walking to the same old beat

American states are beginning to reckon with violent and dysfunctional police departments; taking initial steps to respond to demands for funding to be moved away from heavily armed police departments, and into community programs and infrastructure.

Youthlaw opposes push for PSOs in shopping centres & main streets

Victoria Police and Government want Protective Service Officers (PSOs) to be allowed to continue to patrol shopping centres and main streets beyond the pandemic.

Youthlaw opposes this:

PSOs have limited training – only about one third of the training of other police officers.

We’re still here to help you during COVID-19

Youthlaw is here to support young people during COVID-19.

You can contact us for help if :

Are confused about what you can and can’t do under the new COVID-19 rulesFeel unsafe at home. Or, you are worried about the safety of someone in your family during the COVID-19 isolation measures.