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NEWS 03 FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By VINNIE RODI ROAD policing issues facing Mildura – includ- ing a review into Victoria Police’s restricted pursuit policy – were hot topics of conversation this week following a visit by Road Policing Assistant Com- missioner Doug Fryer, PICTURED. Visiting the region as part of a Statewide trip to engage with police in regional centres, AC Fryer said he was “really keen to engage with all local police, including High- way Patrol, to see what some of their challenges are around policing our roads.” AC Fryer said part of his visit was to field ques- tions from local officers around changes to policy, including Victoria Po- lice’s two-up patrol policy and a review into its re- vamped pursuit policy. Victoria Police ad- opted a new ‘restricted pursuit policy’ in July last year, which states that members must not ini- tiate or continue a pur- suit unless they believe there is an urgent need to apprehend the vehicle occupant/s because it is necessary to prevent a se- rious risk to public health and safety, or that a crimi- nal offence has been committed that involves serious injury to a person. Other reasons for continuing a pursuit include no alternative means for apprehending the vehicle occupant/s being available, and the overall harm police are seeking to prevent being greater than the risks in- volved in conducting the pursuit. “The evades of police were never captured be- fore July last year, so we never had a mechanism to capture how many evades we had,” AC Fryer said. “It is clear that we have a sig- nificant amount of evades every month across the State (including Mildura) and that we have a signifi- cant reduction of pursuits every month. “What is a concern is there is still a small per- centage of the population that think it is okay to flee from police. “Let’s be very clear that this doesn’t go un- addressed. Every single one of those incidents becomes an investiga- tion, and our clear-up and arrest rates for evades is higher than what it was for pursuits under the old policy. “We have moved from a culture of ‘you run, we chase’ to ‘you run, we in- vestigate’, and our police force is very good at in- vestigating.” AC Fryer said that while the new pursuit policy was working, it was “timely” that it be re- viewed. • Continued Page 8 Road policing challenges top Mildura agenda A LONG-TIME Tempy resident has ex- pressed disappointment at comments made by Mildura police following a drug raid in the small town prior to the Easter long weekend. As reported in the Mildura Weekly last week, police arrested four people and seized a ‘significant cannabis crop’ in Ouyen and Tempy following a long investigation. The incident led to Mildura police In- spector John Nolan voicing surprise that no-one in either town had raised concern or alarm over the suspected ‘grow houses,’ while also calling on rural communities to be mindful of the growing trend. “People in rural communities know their town and are naturally inquisitive,” he said last week. “They are in a prime position to identify suspect behaviour and should feel comfortable sharing their concerns with local police. One Tempy resident, who wished to re- main anonymous, said she, and some fel- low residents, had taken exception to the comments. “It’s simply incorrect information,” she said. “Tempy is a very small town, and I knew from the moment these people moved in that something wasn’t right. “I notified my local police officer months ago about my concerns, and they rightly took the matter under investigation leading to the recent raid. “Residents knew what was going on, the police knew what was going on, and I thought the police did a great job in arrest- ing those in the wrong. “To say that no-one in Tempy raised the alarm is just wrong in my opinion.” ‘We did alert the police!’ Tempy residents defend drug bust criticism 40 Lintons Lane, Mildura (CBD) behind the Art Vault, from 8th Street firstname.lastname@example.org 1800 611 214 NOW OPEN Mildura’s ExciƟng New Retail Experience! · Vintage · Retro · Collectables · Memorabilia · Outdoor/Indoor · Furniture Removals www.facebook.com/ theshedmildura Locally owned store. 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