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Rocky Mountains to Melbourne: A tradition continues This Edition Honouring 5000 years of policing service

Here’s to you, Recruit Robinson!

Bill Noonan bids farewell

Kelly’s top safety award


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Honouring more than 5000 years of policing service O

ur annual Retired and Life Members Dinner — held in early October — has evolved into one of the social highlights of the Victorian policing calendar. This year, we honoured more than 143 members who retired during the past 18 months, having collectively served their fellow Victorians for nearly 5,200 years. The function was a special occasion which our new crop of retirees richly deserved and thoroughly enjoyed. We’re pleased to publish many photos from the night in this edition of the Journal. I’m sure many readers will recognise some familiar faces. Another notable recent retiree is Bill Noonan OAM. Bill recently stepped down as Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Foundation, a position he assumed since the organisation’s inception in the late 1990s. In this edition of the Journal, we pay tribute to Bill for the contribution he’s made to the Victorian policing and to the broader community during his fine career.

You may recall from our August edition, we profiled Acting Sergeant Kelly Christie’s impressive achievements as a Health & Safety Representative (HSR) in helping to transform the Ringwood prosecutions office from a basket case to the safe, modern and professional working environment it is today. Since we published the piece, Kelly has been recognised for her efforts by being awarded WorkSafe’s highest honour as the best HSR in the state ­­— the first time a police officer has won this award in its 28-year history. We’re pleased to follow up on this story in this edition. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity in this edition to share the story of how Recruit Cameron Robinson recently saved the life of his mother, Cheryl, by administering CPR — something he would not have learned but for the fact that he wanted to join the force. We hope you enjoy this inspiring story. Our cover story is about a policing family tradition that has spanned three generations and two

continents. Having graduated from the Police Academy in October, Constable Lana Collins followed in the footsteps of her mother, Senior Constable Leah Anderson, and her grandfather (Leah’s father), the late Ian Anderson, a former Canadian Mountie. Finally, this month’s Out of the Blue features Senior Constable Amy Virgona, who relieves the stresses of the job by indulging in a unique equine passion known as ‘cutting’. Amy, with her horse ‘Gecko’, ‘cut’ or separate selected cows from a herd — an activity, and a sport, that demands athleticism and agility. As always, we encourage members to provide their feedback on any aspect of, what is after all, your Journal. We particularly welcome any story ideas you think would be worthy of publication. Simply send us an email at journal@tpav.org.au ∆

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Senior Constable Amy Virgona with her horse, ‘Gecko’’. Photo: Darren Tindale.

First published in 1918, The Journal is the magazine of The Police Association of Victoria.

Senior Administration Secretary: Ron Iddles Assistant Secretary: Bruce McKenzie Industrial Relations Manager: Chris Kennedy Legal Manager: Chris Gorissen Communications Manager: Sandro Lofaro Administration Manager: Sylvia Loveless Finance Manager: Mary McNicoll Stakeholder Relations: Wayne Gatt

December 2016 Vol 84, Issue 6 Published by The Police Association of Victoria 1 Clarendon St East Melbourne Vic 3002 Phone: (03) 9468 2600 Email: general@tpav.org.au Facsimile: (03) 9495 6933 Website: www.tpav.org.au Free Counselling for Members Facebook: www.facebook.com/tpav.org.au Members needing urgent, professional and confidential counselling should call Editors Optum on 1300 361 008. 24 hours, 7 days. Sandro Lofaro Wayne Gatt Retired Police Association If you’re soon due to retire as a sworn Executive Members member of Victoria Police, please consider Mr John Laird - President joining the Retired Police Association. 9468 2600 President: Peter Milne Mr Karl David - Senior Vice President Secretary: Phil Parson (Rosebud Police Station) Phone: 0448 950 691 5986 0444 Website: www.rpavictoria.org PO Box 2238, Rowville Vic 3178 Mr Dermot Avon - Junior Vice President (South Melbourne Police Station) The Police Association (Victoria) Journal 9257 3800 The Police Association Journal is published six times a year. Published Mr Max Jackson - Treasurer by The Police Association Victoria, 1 Clarendon St, East Melbourne Vic 3002 (Melbourne North Police Station) 8379 0800 ABN: 004 251 325 Mr Michael Lamb - Assistant Treasurer The statements and/or opinions expressed (Hastings Police Station) in this publication are not necessarily 5970 7800 those of The Police Association Victoria or of its officers. The Association publishes Ms Geri Porter all material herein from various sources on the understanding that it is both authentic (The Police Academy) and correct and cannot accept any 9566 9641 responsibility for inaccuracies. Mr Rod Brewer (King Lake Police Station) 5786 1333 Mr Steven Azarnikow (Victoria Police Academy) 9566 2163 Ms Alex Griffith (Prahran Police Station) 9520 5200 Mr Damien Peppler (Critical Incident Response Team) 9247 5617 Mr Ken Ashworth (Trident Taskforce) 9247 6666 Eamon Leahy (Maffra Police Station) 5147 1026

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Clarification In the August edition of The Journal we featured a story about a Transit PSO member who, with the assistance of The Police Association, won the right to combine part-time work with full time childcare. The intent of this story was to highlight the advent of flexible working arrangements for PSOs however we wish to clarify that other PSO members have also previously worked part time prior to this case.


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President’s Message

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Lana Collins: The third generation

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Secretary’s Report

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Kelly Christie wins top safety rep award

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The science of a hangover

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Honouring our retirees and life members

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John Timoney’s legacy

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Cheryl’s heart beats true

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Pick of the shelf

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Out of the blue: Amy Virgona

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All about self-managed super funds

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PDAs - Common problems

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Your say

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Motoring

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Bill Noonan: A true Blue Ribbon character

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WhaddaYaKnow

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Bill Noonan: A true Blue Ribbon character

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Three generations: Senior Constable Leah Anderson and Constable Lana Collins with a superimposed image of their late father and grandfather, former Royal Canadian Mountie, Ian Anderson.

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President’s Message

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John Laird

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ast month, I, along with thousands of other police members across the country, was disgusted to learn of the public comments made by NSW Senator David Leyonhjelm.

At a rally in Queensland three years ago to oppose tough laws that would potentially deny affiliates of outlaw motorcycle gangs their gun licences, the then Senator-elect Leyonhjelm said: “The police and the public, at least the motorcycle riding public, are on a collision course and they wonder why no one comes to their aid when they are in trouble. For myself, I am never going to help someone who thinks it’s OK to pull me up, search me and threaten me with jail if I don’t answer their questions, merely because I ride my motorcycle in company with a couple of other people. “If that’s what they think, they can lie on the side of the road and bleed to death.” When these comments came to light recently, Senator Leyonhjelm did not back away from the position he expressed: he has since stood by these comments.

It’s truly hard to fathom how a member of the Australian Senate from whom we expect a high level of intellect and maturity, could connect their personal opposition to proposed legislation with what appears to be outright disregard for the lives of police officers simply doing their duty. For those of us who proudly wear a uniform in the service of the community these comments are highly offensive. Not because of the words used. Frankly, as police, we are well accustomed to vitriolic and offensive commentary – from criminals and those who are opposed to our work. But these comments are far worse, more shocking and disgusting, because the person who spoke them purports to serve the Australian people: all people, regardless of their political persuasion, or role. Comments like this violate our assumption that all who hold office in our parliament do this. These comments sadly show that it is possible for a person in high office, like Senator Leyonhjelm, to disregard police who deserve his respect and

“It’s truly hard to fathom, how a member of the Australian Senate, from whom we expect a high level of intellect and maturity, could connect their personal opposition to proposed legislation with what appears to be outright disregard for the lives of police officers simply doing their duty.”


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regard. He has sought to defend his comments, mentioning context and providing a strictly literal interpretation of his comments. This just demonstrates his lack of understanding of people. Senator Leyonhjelm stands condemned by the wider Australian policing community for his outrageous behaviour, which is totally unbecoming of an elected official. In a recent speech in federal parliament, NSW MP Chris Hayes expressed his horror and disgust at Senator Leyonhjelm’s comments. Showing true appreciation for your work, he said: “Our police are sworn to uphold the laws made by our parliaments, and in protecting life and property, it is our police that often are called upon to deal with the very worst aspects of human behaviours. “The primary job of police is to prevent crime and in doing so protect and support our communities. “They are normal people with families and loved ones of their own. And yet – these are the very people

As we approach the Christmas period, I want to wish all of our members, their families and friends a Merry Christmas on behalf of your executive. We hope that you cherish time with those you care about most, and we thank you for your support over this past year.

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that Senator Leyonhjelm has singled out, degraded and abused not the law makers and politicians like himself, but those who enforce the law.” We thank Mr Chris Hayes MP for his forthright defence of police. He was joined by hundreds of everyday Australians who responded to a post on our Facebook page providing support and also condemning Senator Leyonhjelm’s words. Perhaps the most telling Facebook message on this issue came from one of our own. This comment resonates with me as being generally reflective of the attitude held by all who have taken our oath of office. It is one that obviously impressed Mr Hayes enough that he chose to repeat it in his speech to the parliament. It read: “Well, Senator, you may want us to ‘lie on the road and bleed to death’ but rest assured if you need saving I’ll be there for you. That’s what sets us apart.” ∆


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A year spent Secretary’s working solidly Report towards better By Ron Iddles, member welfare OAM, APM

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s many members would be aware, ensuring the welfare of our members remains a high priority for us at the Police Association. The changes we have made towards this objective in this past year alone are too many to recount on these pages, but it would be fair to say that our focus remains fixed firmly on preventing any injury to police and PSOs, who are now working in the most challenging policing environment I have ever seen in more than 40 years in the job.

“The reality is that while we will always need to be there for our members when they are in crisis, the bulk of our efforts should be spent improving their working conditions to ‘prevent’ them from falling on hard times in the first place”

Despite recently increasing the strength of our welfare staff by two over the past three years, we continue to see our workload in this area grow considerably. Providing welfare support for members is also becoming more and more complex. For example, many calls to the Police Association that previously would have been considered simply ‘industrial’ or ‘discipline’ in nature now require us to focus more on a member’s wellbeing. This is why we have over this past year chosen to focus our energy on becoming more strategic in our approach to member welfare. The reality is that while we will always need to be there for our members when they are in crisis, the bulk of our effort should be spent improving their working conditions to ‘prevent’ them from falling on hard times or into a position where they need support in the first place. This is what unions and associations do best. In June we submitted to government proposed changes to legislation that would see PTSD considered ‘presumed’ as an occupational illness for police, so that they could get the support they need quickly and br on the road to recovery much sooner. This submission is still being considered and we are engaging with government and other stakeholders to discuss options that might assist to achieve this objective. This year we have also (together with Victoria Police and the Victorian Government) launched equipt – a wellbeing app now used by more than 4000 members to help deal with stress and

promote health by encouraging members to take a preventative approach to their wellbeing and develop healthy lifestyle practices. This is the sort of strategic approach we want to see continue. We are also currently seeking to appoint a Manager of Wellbeing Services as early as next month. This appointment will ensure that our focus remains fixed on welfare into the future. It will provide us with a capacity to review and evolve our current welfare processes so that they grow to meet the needs of our members and become ‘best practice’. Welfare these days should transcend every function at TPAV, and accordingly, it is appropriate that this function should be supported by a dedicated manager within our organisation. This will also ensure that we are able to maintain strong and effective welfare-based relationships within Victoria Police and other influential agencies. One of these agencies is Gallagher Bassett, Victoria Police’s contracted workers compensation insurer. Many members have a dim view of this agency, which has often been characterised as acting against the best interests of injured members. Some of these views may have been justified in the past, and clearly the recent findings of the Ombudsman’s report would substantiate some of those assertions. Despite this, being critical of the past alone will not change the way our members are dealt with in the future.


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During the past twelve months I have met regularly with Gallagher Bassett, Victoria Police and WorkSafe about workers compensation claims. These discussions have been honest, open and frank, with all parties admitting they could be doing more to assist our members. When these discussions commenced, the acceptance rate for PTSD claims was 30 percent. Today it is around 70 percent. There has been significant progress made in a whole range of areas around the claims process to achieve this. The continuation of these strategic activities will hopefully help us discover similar gains in the future. I want to thank our members and their families at this Christmas time for their loyalty and support. Your membership this and every year enables TPAV to work on behalf of all members.

We hope that you spend some time at home with your family, but we know that for many members, work will not stop. Our offices will be open over the Christmas period to support you, and remain available on all public holidays 24/7 should you need us for support. ∆


Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) The Police Association Victoria [‘the Association’] exists to represent, support and protect its members – Victoria’s 14,500 Police and Protective Services Officers. The Association provides its members with representation, advice and advocacy on a wide range of matters including terms and conditions of employment, workers’ compensation, welfare issues, EEO, work-related legal matters and OHS. The Secretary, who serves as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, has an operational role to manage and implement the policy direction of the

Association on behalf of the membership and to manage the its day-to-day business of running the organisation, including management of its staff. The Association is seeking expressions of interest from passionate, driven and committed individuals with a desire to lead, manage and represent a prominent industry body. Experience gained from sworn policing roles will be highly regarded, as will experience in financial and personnel management. This high-profile role requires immense commitment and dedication.

Enquiries and applications Please direct enquiries, expressions of interest, requests for a detailed position description, and/or applications to Sandro Lofaro, Communications Manager of The Police Association Victoria on (03) 9468 2600 Written applications, including the names and contact details of referees, must be addressed to Mr Lofaro at svl@tpav.org.au or PO Box 76, Carlton South Vic 3053, by no later than close of business, Thursday 22 December 2016. All enquiries and applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.


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The need for work-life balance in modern-day policing P

olicing is no different to any other work when it comes to needing to find an appropriate worklife balance. And juggling shift work with personal life and family obligations can significantly impact on one’s ability to do their job well, and maintain their mental wellbeing in such a challenging line of work. The National Employment Standards in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) provides employees in the national workplace system with a legal right to request flexible work arrangements. This right is also recognised in the Victoria Police (Police Officers (Excluding Commanders), Protective Services Officers, Police Reservists and Police Recruits) Enterprise Agreement 2015 (Enterprise Agreement). Under the Fair Work Act, employees who have worked with the same employer for at least 12 months can request flexible working arrangements if they: • are the parent, or have responsibility for the care, of a child who is school aged or younger; • are a carer; • have a disability (and are qualified for a disability support pension); • are 55 or older; • are experiencing family or domestic violence, or • provide care or support to a member of their household or immediate family who requires care and support because of family or domestic violence. In Victoria, there are also protections under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic). Employers must reasonably accommodate an employee’s responsibility as a parent or carer. The Act has various remedies if an employer breaches those obligations. Examples of flexible working arrangements include changes to: • hours of work (eg. changes to start and finish times);

• patterns of work (eg. split shifts or job sharing); • locations of work (eg. working from home); • working additional hours to make up for time taken off; • taking rostered days off in half days or more flexibly; or • time off work instead of overtime payments. The best way to start a constructive discussion around flexible work arrangements is by setting out a formal written request. A discussion with your employer then allows both parties to better understand each other’s needs and consider options as to how they can be accommodated. Employers do not, however, have to grant your request, but under the Act, a written response must be provided to you within 21 days as to whether the request is granted or refused. A request can only be refused on “reasonable business grounds.” If a request is refused the written response must include reasons for the refusal. The Association’s lawyers, Maurice Blackburn, are experts in workplace law and can provide advice on number of legal issues. They can assist with workers’ compensation claims, or if you or a loved one has been involved in a road accident, have a public liability or medical negligence claim, or would like to make or dispute a will. The initial consultation with all Police Association members is free. For more information about how Maurice Blackburn Lawyers can help you on a no win, no fee basis, visit www.mauriceblackburn.com.au or free call 1800 810 812.


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ith the festival season about to hit, there’s a strong chance that some will come down with a severe case of veisalgia. This is a self-induced condition with some uncomfortable symptoms – thumping headache, nausea, extreme thirst, sensitivity to light and an overarching need to be left alone to suffer. Victims are often heard muttering the phrase ‘never again’. Veisalgia is the medical term for a hangover – it is a combination of the Norwegian word for ‘uneasiness following debauchery’ and the Greek word for ‘pain’ Those waking up from a big night on the town will no doubt consider this entirely appropriate. Drinking too much alcohol inevitably leads to a hangover. But, apart from the obvious sensible approach of drinking in moderation, is there anything we can do to limit the damage? Are some drinks worse than others and are there any hangover cures that actually work?

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The downside of alcohol

“Drinking in moderation is the key. Ideally this the limit should be one drink per hour – the time it takes the body to process a standard drink.”

Various chemical processes come into play when we drink alcohol. We’ll start with the headache, which is caused by a domino effect of bodily reactions signalled when drinkers start making frequent trips to the toilet This isn’t necessarily caused by the volume they’ve drunk but by alcohol’s diuretic effect. Alcohol causes the pituitary gland in the brain to block the creation of vasopressin, an antidiuretic hormone. This in turn results in the kidneys sending water straight to the bladder. As the body becomes dehydrated, water is sucked from the brain to replenish other organs. This shrinks the brain and stretches membranes that attach it to the skull – a painful process resulting in the next morning’s splitting headache. Frequent urination also expels salts and potassium

from the body, which worsens the headache and leads to nausea and fatigue. Another unwanted outcome of drinking too much is the build-up of acetaldehyde, a highly toxic substance and known carcinogen. Acetaldehyde is created when the liver breaks down alcohol, resulting in various symptoms such as sweating, skin flushing, nausea and vomiting. The enzyme can damage liver cells and cause permanent scarring over time. It can also harm the brain and stomach lining. Then there’s the issue of glutamine rebound. Alcohol inhibits the production of glutamine, an amino acid and natural stimulant. When you stop drinking the body goes into overdrive and makes too much. This impacts sleep and can lead to tremors, anxiety, restlessness and increased blood pressure.


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Preparing to party

Dealing with the pain

Abstinence is clearly the best approach to avoid waking up with these symptoms.

Drinking in moderation is the key. Ideally the limit should be one drink per hour – the time it takes the body to process a standard drink.

But if you are determined to party the night away, there are a few steps that will help ease the pain of the next day’s hangover – and these begin before you reach the pub. You should start the night by: • Eating a full meal to line your stomach and slow down the absorption of alcohol. Fatty foods and carbohydrates are a good choice of food in this instance, but are not a cure for the morning after. • Drinking a glass or two of water to hydrate your body before the diuretic effect of alcohol kicks in. • Taking some multivitamins to prepare your body for the depletion of vitamins caused by your frequent trips to the toilet. Once the partying starts, stick to just one type of alcohol. Mixing your drinks is likely to increase your suffering because it introduces more toxins and the body has to work harder to break them down. Also, certain drinks have a higher concentration and variety of congeners, by-products of fermentation, and combining these different impurities worsens the hangover. Congeners are found in higher concentrations in red wine and dark liquors such as whiskey, bourbon and brandy. White wine and clear liquors such as vodka and gin have fewer of the toxins and as a result cause less severe hangovers. In one study, it was discovered that people who drank vodka were 11 times less likely to suffer a severe hangover than those drinking the same amount of bourbon.

Have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink to keep you hydrated and dilute the toxins to give the body more time to process the alcohol. Once the partying is over and before you crawl into bed, drink another glass of water and take a couple of aspirin. Aspirin is a known inhibitor of prostaglandin, a type of lipid which can increase the severity of a hangover. In the morning drink some more water and take another two aspirin and a multivitamin to help remove any residual toxins. There are various so-called hangover ‘cures’ but science shows most of them don’t work. A hair of the dog just delays the hangover, while burnt toast and black coffee are also a waste of time. Instead, it’s best to start the day with a breakfast of eggs, bananas, kiwifruit and fruit juice, which can help. • Eggs are good because they contain large amounts of cysteine, a substance that helps break down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde. • Bananas and kiwifruit contain lots of potassium, which is lost due to the diuretic effect of alcohol. Headaches and fatigue are often worse when potassium levels are too low. • Fructose in fruit juice helps increase the body’s energy and accelerates the removal of toxins left over from alcohol. Fruit juice can also help replace the vitamins and nutrients you’ve lost through dehydration.

“Once the partying starts, stick to just one type of alcohol. Mixing your drinks is likely to increase your suffering because it introduces more toxins and the body has to work harder to break them down.”

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Hangover cures from around the world Different countries have their own unique recipes for dealing with a hangover. None of these are likely to work, but they could distract you from the pain of the hangover.

As a general rule you shouldn’t consume too much fructose though. An abundance of any sugar – a problem at Christmas – can lead to a ‘sugar hangover’, with symptoms similar to how you feel after too much alcohol. Fructose is particularly bad and, like alcohol, over time can cause serious liver damage including fatty liver disease, systemic inflammation, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Long-term health damage The long-term health consequences of repeated alcohol abuse can be serious, with various parts of the body more vulnerable to disease. Liver – a variety of problems such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis. Brain – alcohol disrupts the way the brain works and can change mood and behaviour, and make it harder to think clearly and coordinate movement. Heart – problems include cardiomyopathy, irregular heartbeat, stroke and high blood pressure. Pancreas – toxic substances are created in the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation of the blood vessels that prevents proper digestion. Cancer – heavy drinkers risk cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, throat, liver and breast. Immune system – excessive drinking weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. ∆

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Professional help If you are concerned about your drinking, consider seeking professional help. Most states provide alcohol support services and there are various national agencies, including: • Alcoholics Anonymous Australia – www.aa.org.au • DrinkWise – drinkwise.org.au • Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au

Japan Pickled sour plums Mexico Tripe soup Germany Pickled herrings with gherkin and onion Mongolia Pickled eyeballs in tomato juice Peru Raw fish, lime juice, chilli, garlic, onion and coriander Poland Pickle juice United States Tomato juice and raw eggs


Worth shaking on it: BankVic CEO Stephen ThePolice PoliceAssociation Association Secretary, Victoria Journal Capello with Ron Iddles with a large version of the new joint credit card.

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New TPAV BankVic Qantas Visa credit card gets our seal of approval TPAV is proud to announce, that in partnership with our friends at BankVic, members now have access to an exclusive `TPAV BankVic Qantas Visa credit card’.

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nly available to TPAV members, this new card has attractive benefits without the same high interest rates and annual fees associated with other comparable cards in the market.1

Police Association Secretary Ron Iddles said, “There are so many reasons you should always be a TPAV member and this is just another one to add to the list. This special card is a benefit that rewards you for your membership of two special organisations”.

Exclusive rewards just for you Incorporating a Qantas rewards program, free overseas travel insurance , low interest rates, and a low annual fee, the card enables members to be rewarded when they spend and enjoy their time off by easily taking a holiday if desired. Research indicates the most important features for consumers when choosing a credit card is that the card is provided by a bank they trust, offers a great rewards program and has low fees.2

Members can take advantage of this card and apply today at bankvic.com.au/ tpavqantas.

“Combining all three features in one card is difficult but we believe we’ve achieved it with the TPAV BankVic Qantas Visa credit card, providing great member value coupled with a seal of approval from TPAV.” Said BankVic CEO, Stephen Capello.

BankVic was founded in 1974 by police with the support of the Police Association to improve the financial wellbeing of police and their families.

Excellent membership value

BankVic and TPAV share a common purpose — to support and protect our mutual members.

In comparison to other comparable cards in the market, this card ticks all the boxes. No other card offers the same great value with the low interest rates offered on this card.

This card embodies those combined values and provides Police Association members with excellent membership value.

Members can also take advantage of the 0% interest rate on balance transfers and purchases for the first six months if they take out this card prior to 2 May 2017.

The first of its kind in Australia This card is the first of its kind in Australia for police and PSO members and is offered by a bank whose history is synonymous with the Police Association.

TPAV and BankVic — ­ Organisations created for people by the people

We know that this card will be something TPAV members will be proud to own Disclaimer: 1As compared to credit cards offering the same features as the BankVic Qantas Visa credit card and based on the ongoing interest rates as at 7 November 2016. Interest rates are subject to change. 2 Choice research Cutting credit card confusion to senate economics references committee matters related to credit card interest rates. August 2016.


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John Timoney at a US police ceremony.

John Timoney’s legacy: ‘More police, greater focus on crime and more leadership’

The crime-fighting policies of legendary United States police officer John Timoney, who died recently, have probably never been more relevant to Australia than they are today.

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“In New York, lack of police meant that a lot of so-called petty crime was being ignored, which led to an atmosphere in which all crime and disorder could flourish.”

His mantra was that police should be doing police work and to do that there needed to be more police.

“New Yorkers began to accept and expect a certain level of minor crime and disorder.”

The New York Times said that under Timoney’s watch in the early 1990s, the number of uniformed officers in New York grew to more than 37,000 and the number of murders dropped by almost half. When he became commissioner in Philadelphia with 7000 police, the number of murders dropped below 400 for the first time in 16 years.

The turnaround came when the newly elected mayor, Rudy Giulliani, provided the essential third element – political leadership.

In 1997 John Timoney was a guest of the NZ Police Association at its Annual Conference in Wellington. The message he brought was that the key factors in fighting crime were: more police; a focus on crime; and good political leadership. He told conference delegates that police in Australasia could learn from the achievements of the New York Police Department. “There’s no point in you repeating all our mistakes. There are some shortcuts. There are some tried and proven methods.”

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respected and at times controversial crimefighter, John Timoney. died on 16 August this year, aged 68. He was given a hero’s farewell, with police lining Fifth Avenue in New York to pay their respects. He was remembered as an innovator who was ahead of his time, introducing policies to reduce crime and keep police safe, particularly in highspeed police chases and the use of deadly force. He was also a ‘cop’s cop’; he looked the part, with a gruff demeanour and square set jaw. His friend author Tom Wolfe wrote with some literary licence: “Timoney never once had to draw a weapon to arrest a felon and take him in. He just gave him a good look … that face … and even the most obtuse and poisonous viper became a mewling little pussy.” One of his most well-known policies was the so-called “broken windows” strategy, which built on the work of criminologists, and was credited with reducing crime in New York and bringing homicides under control in Philadelphia.

He said there had been a “strong myth” in New York that police could not have an impact on crime because it was caused by poverty, lack of education, racism, drugs, etc, and police could only react to crimes that had already been committed. In addition, in New York, police became distracted from fighting crime by rising concerns about police corruption, he said. Policies introduced to prevent corruption had the effect of discouraging police from enforcing laws that prevented disorder. The New York financial crisis added to the rising crime rate, as 5000 officers were laid off and retiring police were not replaced. “By the end of the ’80s, the NYPD had fewer than 21,000 officers, as the crime rate reached an all-time high. It was clear that there was, and is, a correlation between the number of olice officers and crime rates.” In New York, lack of police meant that a lot of so-called petty crime was being ignored, which led to an atmosphere in which all crime and disorder could flourish.

“It requires a politician to acknowledge crime as a serious problem and state an intention to address the issue decisively and to actively support police.” But, he emphasised, that support had to be real – additional resources, equipment and training – not just moral support. Four principles were established to run the NYPD: timely, accurate intelligence; rapid deployment; effective tactics; and relentless follow-up and assessment. The result was energised police officers who felt they could make a difference and criminals who became aware they could be picked up on minor charges but end up facing more serious ones. Timoney’s last permanent role was as chief of the Miami Police Department. Since leaving in 2010, he had been working as a police consultant. His style of policing was not universally admired, particularly when it came to crowd control and managing protests, in which he deployed tactics including pepper spray, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, electrified shields and batons. At Timoney’s wake, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said of the Irish-born boy from the Bronx: “He started on the beat and went to the top. He stood up for cops and he stood behind cops. It’s a terrible loss.” ∆


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Pick of the Shelf Behind The Tape By Lance Burdett

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’ve lost count of how many books I have read by former police officers recounting their careers.

Some are good, some are bad. This one is not only very good, it is, without doubt, one of the best in the genre. Lance Burdett takes readers on a journey, from his early days policing in West Auckland (he was a late starter at 35), to Auckland CIB, the drug squad, and the Diplomatic Protection Service – until he left as an inspector in 2014. His openness about his feelings and emotions is refreshing, revealing the real person behind the usual cop façade most of us put up. Behind The Tape is predominantly about Burdett’s time as a police negotiator, a role for which he clearly had considerable talent.

Behind The Tape gives insight into some of the pressures (physical, emotional and psychological) that affect all police officers and their families. Burdett’s candid recollections of dealing with victims, offenders and police are well written and, at times, confronting. He concludes with four appendices: Stress in the Workplace; It’s All About Emotions; Suicide and Crisis Intervention; and Communicating in Tough Situations. I recommend them to every serving or former police officer. Overall, Behind The Tape is a great read – funny, direct and thought-provoking, which is not surprising, really, because Lance Burdett is all those things as well. ∆

At the time of his retirement, he was referred to by the national tactical commander as “the most qualified and highly skilled negotiator within New Zealand Police”. Praise indeed from a quarter that doesn’t praise anyone lightly.

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Lalor’s Lore By Kerry S. Hill

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ick Lalor’s entertaining reflection on his undercover crime fighting career uses a laconic turn of phrase and hilarious colorful ‘ockerisms’. His narrative sits perfectly in place and time in the long history of Australia’s boys in blue. Lalor’s Lore should be a ‘must read’ along with that other iconic fictional character, Rake, whose romps are matched by Lalor’s rollicking ‘warts and all’ tale of life in the ‘60s and ‘70s keeping the streets safe for the citizens. From humble beginnings as a wet-behind-theears Constable in a west coast Tasmanian town, Lalor learns the ropes of policing where the lines of justice and expediency sometimes blur, before being propelled across Australia into the dizzying and dangerous life of an undercover narc. Working with Sandy the Sandman, Tom the Pom, Ferret the informer and Stormy Summers, the good-hearted lady of the night, Lalor chalks up an impressive score in a world where staying alive is not always part of the job description.

The laconic larrikin element is central to Lalor’s tale, but beneath the black humor, the haze of alcohol and the good-time girls, the burden of the responsibility of holding the line between crime and the ordinary punter can be glimpsed. Nick occasionally makes a ‘captain’s call’ in the way a situation is handled, particularly if young girls have been duped or drug lords are about to weasel out of charges. He has seen bad money work magic and values the mateship of his colleagues, who see life in the raw through a grimy unpolished window. Lalor’s Lore presents a nostalgic glimpse of an Australia before political correctness and provides both an entertaining read and stimulus for discussion of contemporary crime-fighting after the howls of laughter abate. Lalor’s Lore can be ordered by contacting the author directly at mnkhill1@bigpond.com ∆

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The main character in Lalor’s Law, Nick Lalor, has been likened to another fictional character from the ABC series Rake. Name the central character from this series?

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What’s involved in a Self Managed Super Fund? You might be considering setting up your own Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF), but there are a number of important factors you must take into account to determine whether or not this is the right option for you. Brought to you by ESS Super - Proudly serving you

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ou might be considering setting up your own Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF), but there are a number of important factors you must take into account to determine whether or not this is the right option for you.

Setting up a SMSF To set up a Self Managed Super Fund, first you’ll need to decide which family members are to be the fund members and trustees. Then, you’ll need to establish the trust and trust deed, set up a bank account, register with the ATO, create your investment strategy and include a plan for when your SMSF ends. Before you start recruiting family members, decide whether or not you have enough time and money to run a successful SMSF.

Consider the ongoing cost As a general estimate you will need around $200,000 - $250,000 in your fund balance to be a cost-effective alternative to a big super fund, providing you take on some of the administration duties. There are lots of associated costs in setting up your fund, including administering it every year. Running a fund includes the cost of investing, accounting and auditing your SMSF. According to SuperGuide online, annual compliance costs can range from around $1200 a year to $2400 a year. If you choose to outsource all of the administration, then the annual costs can range from $2900 a year up to $7450 a year.*


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Consider your experience Are you confident in your investment knowledge? Do you have the time to construct and manage a diversified investment portfolio and understand the tax implications and legal responsibilities? You will need to consider whether you have the skills to manage your own investments better than the professionals currently managing your money. If not, you will need to think about who will. You could take on some of the administrative costs, but there are a number of services you’ll likely need to outsource to professionals including: • An independent self-managed super fund auditor to complete your fund’s annual audit. • A qualified actuary who can help you work out the amount of tax benefits available to your SMSF when it is paying an income stream. • A valuer each year to value your assets that are not market listed. • An accountant to prepare financial accounts and statements. • An administrator to manage most of the daily running of your SMSF. • An investment manager to help you choose and monitor fund investments.

Consider the time involved Successfully managing a SMSF takes time. Even with the help of your accountant, managing your own superannuation will take much more time than you currently spend as a member of your superannuation fund. To make sure your fund is managed successfully, you will need to liaise with a number of people for financial and legal advice. Running your own fund also means paperwork, regular decision making, buying and selling investments and ensuring the fund complies at all times with the trust deed.

“Successfully managing a SMSF takes time. Even with the help of your accountant, managing your own superannuation will take much more time than you currently spend as a member of your superannuation fund.” And remember, you are held responsible for complying with the laws relating to recording, reporting and taxation at all times.

Going back to ESSSuper ESSSuper members and their spouses who have moved their funds into a SMSF have the option to roll their super back to their original fund if either member is still receiving an ESSSuper pension. Before rolling money back into ESSSuper, you should check any relevant exit fees you may incur, any insurance arrangements that may be forfeited, or any other effects this transfer may have

Investigate your options Before setting up a SMSF, you should compare

the likely costs with a number of superannuation funds. Also, it’s important to consider your personal circumstances and those of your beneficiaries before you decide to move your super savings into a SMSF. Before making any decisions, consider speaking to a suitably qualified financial advisor or an ESSSuper Member Education Consultant. Our Financial Planners, as authorised representatives of Adviser Network, offer advice that is in your best interest. Please refer to the Adviser Network Disclaimer below. Call 1300 650 161 to make an appointment. ∆ Reference: * SuperGuide. How much does a DIY super fund cost? http://www.superguide.com.au/ smsfs/how-much-does-a-diy-super-fund-cost

Adviser Network Disclaimer: ESSSuper has an arrangement with Adviser Network Pty Ltd (Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) No. 232729) (Adviser Network) under which Adviser Network and its authorised representatives may provide you with fee-for-service (commission free) financial product advice. This means you only pay for the time it takes to provide you with the advice or to complete a financial plan. Under this arrangement, Adviser Network authorises certain qualified ESSSuper financial planners to provide financial product advice to ESSSuper members. Although these financial planners are employed by ESSSuper, the advice will be provided under Adviser Network’s AFSL and Adviser Network is responsible for the financial services advice provided to you. ESSSuper pays Adviser Network a fee for this service. However, neither the Board, ESSSuper nor the Victorian Government guarantee or endorse any advice given by Adviser Network or its authorised representatives. General Disclaimer: This document is issued by Emergency Services Superannuation Board ABN 28 161 296 741 the Trustee of the Emergency Services Superannuation Scheme ABN 85 894 637 037 (ESSSuper). The information contained in this document is of a general nature only. It should not be considered as a substitute for reading ESSSuper’s Product Disclosure Statement PDS) that contains detailed information about ESSSuper products, services and features. Before making a decision about an ESSSuper product, you should consider the appropriateness of the product to your personal objectives, financial situation and needs. It may also be beneficial to seek professional advice from a licensed financial planner or adviser. An ESSSuper PDS is available at www. esssuper.com.au or by calling 1300 650 161.


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Your Say Five years, four months and one day later

Anticipating the benefits of retirement I am writing to advise that I will be retiring from Victoria Police on 20.11.2016. The first time I left the force in 1999 my parting comments were published in the Association Journal and I would like these few comments to be published. The first thing I ensured on my re-appointment in 2004 was re-joining the Association. As an individual, membership is the only real protection you have and where your interests are put above the organisations.

Too many times I have seen members accept what is not right when a short phone call to the Association could have sorted the issue. Having personally used the services of the Association as well as referring members for welfare, legal and industrial matters, the Association has always provided excellent service to myself and the members I have referred. In retirement I look forward to enjoying the benefits of some of the many gains you have achieved for the membership.

Time and time again I have seen the tireless efforts of the Association working in the interests of its membership, whether it be individual cases or benefits restored or gained for the entire membership.

It is a far different industrial landscape from 1974, but an active, professional, strong and aggressive Association and membership will ensure that the positive gains will continue in the interests of all members.

I encourage all members to support the Association, take an interest in its issues and support the executive and your delegate when and wherever you can.

Thanks again, TPAV. Nicholas VALLAS Detective Senior Sergeant 18802

I wish to pass on my appreciation to TPAV for their ongoing assistance and unflinching support during the five years, four months and one day it took from the date of a ‘concocted’ complaint against me (to quote my barrister, Chris Winneke QC, during my trial) until the day of my acquittal. To say this was a taxing, excessively long, and in the view of many of my colleagues unnecessary experience is an understatement (the mere six and a half minutes it took the jury to make their decision is further testament to this). Regardless, it was very comforting to know that I had the support of TPAV throughout. I would also ask that TPAV passes on my gratitude to Tony Hargreaves and his staff, in particular Tim Freeman (Solicitor) as well as to Mr Winneke QC. Both exceptionally good men and legal practitioners, whom I have come to know not just professionally, but also personally. Their support and friendship is appreciated and will not be forgotten. Thanks also for the opportunity to have recently addressed the TPAV Executive in person in order to pass on my thanks.

Engage with us! Email journal@tpav.org.au We welcome readers’ correspondence to our magazine. In all cases the writer’s name must be supplied, unless there is good reason for anonymity. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or decline letters without explanation. Letters fewer than 400 words are preferred.

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Bill Noonan is and has been many things in his 74 years: beloved family man, marathon runner, Doggies tragic, truckie and a respected union leader – just to name a few. He is also a great friend of police, having – until very recently – chaired the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation since its inception.

Bill Noonan: A true Blue Ribbon character [Photos: Pat Scala]

The Journal’s Peter Hanlon caught up with Bill – a thoroughly decent man – to share his reflections on his life and close relationship with the policing community.


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funny thing happened after Bill Noonan had finished his 24th marathon a few years ago.

His working life has been about bringing people together, listening, talking and arriving at agreeable outcomes. Running has been a source of liberation, a discipline to test the body and clear the mind. These two worlds came together – unexpectedly, and without the usual outcome. “One of the more stupid things I’ve done,” Bill, now 74, reflects of completing one last marathon to prove to himself that he’d outrun the prostate cancer he’d been diagnosed with in 2009. As a veteran distance runner he knew the training required, but admits he undertook it at a lessthan-ideal intensity and paid a price on the day. “I ran into the MCG, and there was me and about 50 other people, they’d all gone home!” Noonan laughs, speaking of an ordeal that took almost six hours. He’d left his belongings under the grandstand that morning in a veritable ocean of bags. “I went in after the marathon and there’s my clothing bag – the only one left!” He hobbled to his car alongside Treasury Gardens “sore as a boil and absolutely

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dehydrated”. He spotted a Mr Whippy van, pulled a $10 note from in his pocket, thought a Coke and ice-cream sugar hit might just about save him. “I get there and there’s an argument going on,” Bill recalls – between the husband and wife van owners and the council by-laws officer who’d rumbled them for not having a permit.

the line of duty. With John Forbes and CEO Neil Soullier, Bill has given Blue Ribbon a structure, governance and profile that has spawned 17 regional branches across the state. Vast sums of money have been raised, hospital equipment purchased and other missions of community benefit undertaken.

“I’m standing there with my 10 bucks and the woman said, ‘If I sell it to you he’ll fine us.’ I lost the negotiation. They packed the van up and drove away!”

He steps down as Blue Ribbon chairman, regarded by Victoria Police with a fondness that defies the caricature of union leaders on picket lines invariably at loggerheads with the authorities.

Running was the catalyst for an unlikely bond between Bill, a long-time Transport Workers Union boss, and the police.

“I would think there would be some younger members who’ve been to Blue Ribbon functions who would see Bill Noonan as a policeman or ex-policeman,” Police Association secretary Ron Iddles says. “To be able to blend in to that environment is a credit to him. “What you see is what you get,” he adds of a man whose advice – ‘identify the problem then sit down and talk it through rather than default to a militant stance’ – Iddles counts among the best he’s received.

The death of Constable Angela Taylor in the 1986 Russell Street bombings rocked all Victorians. Bill and his Victorian Road Runners Club mates were moved to do something in her honour, starting a memorial fun run and scholarship scheme bearing Angela’s name that continues today. On its back he became a driver in the Blue Ribbon Foundation, bringing together under the one umbrella committees like Tynan-Eyre, which had been formed to memorialise officers killed in

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why Bill’s been so successful, and why he relates so well to police. I’m sad to see him go.” Soullier describes his good friend as a brilliant arbitrator who specialises in bringing people together. “Sometimes people get into these organisations for different reasons,” he says. “But Bill I’d hope will be remembered as someone with great passion for the true cause, and that’s to remember those who have fallen, and to provide a special thing that families can take great pride in – and not in a forceful way.” This is sensitive territory, dealing with people who will never truly get over their loss. That he counts Arthur and Marilyn Taylor as good friends, “beautiful people” who came to his 60th and 70th birthdays and he to Arthur’s 80th betrays his gift for engaging with people. It’s been the bedrock of Bill Noonan’s life. Post-war Yarraville was a raw place – no hot water service, pre-television, blackened streets that kept a young bloke on his toes. His father was a boilermaker in the Newport rail yards, an SP bookmaker on the side and backyard neighbourhood barber (“as a haircutter he made a good boilermaker”). His mother was a mill worker at Dickies towels and veritable shepherd’s pie champion of the inner-west.

“Sometimes people get into these organisations [Blue Ribbon] for different reasons... but Bill I’d hope will be remembered as someone with great passion for the true cause, and that’s to remember those who have fallen, and to provide a special thing that families can take great pride in – and not in a forceful way.” – Neil Soullier, CEO Blue Ribbon

Nobody had much, but they had each other. “If people had said, ‘How do you feel about those people over in Toorak?’ I didn’t know where Toorak was. There was never a feeling of what other people have got and what we haven’t got.” Weekends were filled with visits to grandparents, uncles and aunts; Sunday night it was penny poker and home brew at the Noonans. When a neighbour’s tree fruited everyone had plum jam for donkey’s years. Always there was interaction, storytelling, listening. “They were working people, they cared for one another. Not a lot of love in a hugging sense like these days, but always a spirit that we’ll help one another out if we get stuck.” School was the bleak exception, where the heavy hand of Christian brothers and nuns left an imprint of how not to get the best out of people. “I’ve lived all my life trying to work out who gave them the licence to beat the tripe out of all the kids, every day.” At 14 he opted for the school of life, taking a job at the Footscray goods sheds alongside wardamaged men who drank to mask their pain. At his brother-in-law’s suggestion he learned to drive trucks, found he was good at it (“I was a natural truck driver if there is such a thing”), and through his 20s took on the jobs nobody wanted. It further exposed him to life’s fringes.

Below: Shared joy: Bill and Wade Noonan share a joyous moment at the MCG, a short time after the final siren sounded on Grand Final day which saw their beloved Western Bulldogs break their 62 –year premiership drought. Photo: Pat Scala.


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“One of my first pick-ups was beer cartons from the Cecil Hotel in the city. There was a homeless bloke who slept on the cartons in the laneway behind the pub. I’d get there at six in the morning and say, ‘Sorry, mate, I’ve gotta take your bed away.’ He used to say, ‘Don’t you bastards ever sleep in?’” His parents had been unionists; at Mass he heard priests decrying communisim, telling people how they should vote from the pulpit. “It makes a bit of an impression on you.” His rise in the TWU came as naturally as driving heavy vehicles. “I used to say to people, ‘What I want is for blokes to be paid properly, I want the occupational health and safety to be done right, if they get injured I want their compo to be looked after.’” He encouraged workers to chart their course, adopting a “what do the blokes in the yard think?” philosophy. Noonan is a Labor party life member,

but by necessity straddled the political divide. “Transport workers tend to be industrially militant and politically moderate. You represent their views. They don’t expect you to be getting into a blue with Lindsay Fox because he supports the Liberal party, they expect you to get into a blue with Lindsay Fox because he won’t give them a $10 a week increase.” Soullier calls him “the most non-union union man I’ve met”, and has delighted in their “good cop, bad cop” partnership over the Blue Ribbon journey (not least because he reckons it’s been a fun game to play with actual police officers). “I’d go and irritate the hell out of them, then you’d get the calming influence who gets the outcome we both want. Bill would say, ‘Neil, why don’t you go out and get a glass of water?’ ‘But I’m not thirsty.’

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‘Go and get a glass of water anyway.’ I’d come back into the room and they’d have got it all solved.” Before that first Angela Taylor fun run at Princes Park in 1988 Noonan thought it would be good to put on a couple of trays of cakes and boil the tea urn, so he spoke to a union contact at Four’n’Twenty. “They sent down a truckload of cakes and pies. Good thing too – because 800 people turned up.” Offered the closure of finishing up the event a couple of years ago, Marilyn Taylor told him she hopes it will continue forever. Bill’s mark continues to be far-reaching, through programs to promote healthy living among truck drivers anchored around his founding of the Institute of Breathing and Sleep. He doesn’t hesitate to nominate family as his proudest achievement. The toll that daily exposure to the grim realities of policing took on his son forced Wade Noonan to leave his post as Minister for Police and Corrections in the Andrews government earlier this year, and underscored for Bill how tough the job is – and the importance of workers owning their mental health. “It’s ok to make that call – put Lifeline’s number in your phone, Beyond Blue. Self-help is okay.” On October 1, father and son revelled in an unexpected gift that many in the inner-west thought they’d never see. Noonan was one of the blessed Bulldogs who attended the 1954 grand final, remembers the crush of the crowd like it was yesterday. The Western Bulldogs’ fairytale of 2016 brought a tear to his eye. “It was a terribly important day in our lives, my son and I.” He brushes off credit for Blue Ribbon’s growth, recalling a conversation with Forbes in which they concluded that “success has many fathers, failure is an orphan”. Yet one aspect makes him especially proud – that over 18 years, through the countless meetings that have charted expansion, fundraising and respectful recognition of the fallen, he can’t recall a single moment of division among the board. “I don’t put that down to me – it’s the class of people who’ve got involved. The volunteers. It reminds me of that first Angela Taylor run, when 800 people turned up because they wanted to be there. People are engaged with Blue Ribbon because they want to be, not because they have to. It makes a difference.” ∆


Lana makes it three generations of police from two continents Lana Collins is the third successive generation of her family to become a police officer and it all began when a grieving child took comfort in a comic book featuring a Canadian Mountie.


Three generations: Senior Constable Leah Anderson and Leah Collins with a superimposed image of their late father and grandfather, former Royal Canadian Mountie Ian Anderson.

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hen Ian Anderson was a six-year-old in Caulfield, his father died suddenly. He developed a fascination with the exploits of his comic book hero, a Mountie, whose appearance reminded him of his dad. At 17, he embarked on his own real life adventure and took a ship to Vancouver. A year later, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he served until retirement. He returned to live in Melbourne, bringing his wife and daughter, Leah, then aged 26, who joined Victoria Police. She is now about to retire herself after a 31-year career. Her daughter, Lana Collins, graduated from the Police Academy in October. Every working day since, Lana has carried in her kit a photo of her grandfather, dressed in his Mountie uniform. He died three years ago, before Lana made her decision to join the Force.

ceremonies, but were more likely to be mounted on snowmobiles to do their jobs. Ian Anderson’s career featured involvement with indigenous communities. He wrote a book about the relationship between a Mountie and the legendary Native American Sioux leader Sitting Bull, and in retirement wrote a series of adventure books, “The Scarlet Riders”. His daughter’s career in Melbourne focused on her interest in youth affairs. Senior Constable Leah Anderson looks back on rewarding experiences with the police in schools program and as a youth resources officer. As for 25-year-old Lana — who is currently stationed at Carrum Downs — her goal is to be a detective and work in a SOCIT unit.

“I saw him on a pedestal; I loved him so much –

“He’d be very proud,” she says. As she speaks, both she and her mother become tearful.

throughout my training,

“I saw him on a pedestal; I loved him so much,” Lana continues. “Throughout my training, I always thought of him. Whenever anything got hard, I thought of Mum or him.

I always thought of him.

“Going from generation to generation is really beautiful. It’s a bit magical. “As soon as I started this job, I got it. I knew this was where I was meant to be.” Her grandfather’s workplace was the Rockies, where the Mounties rode horses for

Whenever anything got hard, I thought of Mum or him.” — Constable Lana Collins

Destined for the job: Senior Constable Leah Anderson with her, then very young daughter, Lana Collins


Lana Collins with her mum, Leah Anderson. (Photo: Greg Noakes).

“He didn’t want me to see the things I was going to see, and in hindsight I know exactly what he meant because I’ve got a daughter and I feel the same way.” – Senior Constable Leah Anderson Leah remembers her father hadn’t encouraged her to join the police. “He didn’t want me to see the things I was going to see, and in hindsight I know exactly what he meant because I’ve got a daughter and I feel the same way.” He gave her the best advice he could. “He said ‘When dealing with people, always start out nice.’ I used it all the way through. My advice to Lana was very much the same.” Lana says her mother also told her to “experience everything and don’t be afraid to try different things”. Which is exactly what must have been in young Ian Anderson’s mind when he got off the ship on a freezing winter day in Canada, with hardly any money, just a plan to live his childhood dream to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ∆

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hen Ringwood prosecutor Kelly Christie first volunteered to become her workplace Health and Safety Representative (HSR) in April last year, her sole motivation for doing so was to make her hazardous workplace safe again for her and her colleagues. The last thing on her mind was formal recognition for her efforts. But that’s exactly what happened in early October when she was voted the winner of the prestigious 2016 WorkSafe HSR of the Year award – the first ever police officer to win the award in its 28-year history. Moreover, Acting Sergeant Christie was also the first police officer to ever be nominated for the prize.

Kelly becomes first police officer to win top safety award

As we reported in the August edition of the Journal, Kelly, set about overhauling her old, dangerous and unprofessional workplace through determination, persistence, and some oldfashioned smarts.

“Kelly is an OHS professional’s pot of gold. She is firm, fair, resilient and resourceful, and was resolute in improving safety in her workplace for her colleagues.” – Paul Hatton, TPAV

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The entrance to the brand new and safer Ringwood Prosecutions offices.


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Fast-forward a year and Kelly’s remarkable campaign was successfully accomplished when the hazard-ridden building in which she and her fellow prosecutors worked was demolished and replaced with new, comfortable, more productive offices. While Kelly’s award represents deserved recognition for her individual efforts, she modestly acknowledges that she couldn’t have achieved what she did without help from colleagues and from the Police Association. “It is recognition to not only myself, but the entire team who assisted in the transition to the new premises. “It [the award] has also highlighted to me the effect your physical surroundings can have on mental health and office morale. “I will always be interested in driving change in this

area. I am soon transferring back to operational duties and look forward to assisting members if they require any assistance in this area.” “I would like to thank and acknowledge Paul Hatton from TPAV. He provided me tremendous support during the process and was kind enough to take the time to nominate me. This award really does belong to both of us.” When asked what advice she would give new HSRs embarking on a safer working environment, Kelly is all common sense.

Also, use support from TPAV and other agencies (such as WorkSafe), as they have expertise in the OHS landscape and can support you through any challenges.” Kelly’s achievements also drew praise from the Association’s Senior OHS Officer Paul Hatton. “Kelly is an OHS professional’s pot of gold. She is firm, fair, resilient and resourceful, and was resolute in improving safety in her workplace for her colleagues. She achieved an outstanding result and was duly recognised for that achievement.” ∆

“Ensure that you inform yourself of not only your responsibilities but your powers under the OHS Act. “Begin consultation with your employer at the earliest opportunity, recording any discussions, as you will need this evidence if any issues cannot be resolved.

WorkSafe’s citation for Kelly Christie’s award: “Kelly has been described as an outstanding Health and Safety Representative (HSR) whose qualities include perseverance, patience, good communication skills and respect. Kelly is a well-respected prosecutor, but took on the role of elected HSR in early 2015 to support her colleagues’ health and wellbeing by seeking improvements at the old Ringwood prosecutions building where they worked — located behind the Ringwood Police Station. After consulting with her colleagues and identifying a range of health and safety hazards — including manual handling and tripping concerns, staff facilities and security — Kelly determined that the site was no longer fit for purpose, so she raised the issues with the Police Association and Victoria Police. While some safety issues were resolved, Kelly determined that the building remained an unsafe work environment and drove action until members were eventually moved into a new, fit-for-purpose building and the old building was demolished.

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Honouring more than 5000 years of policing service By Sandro Lofaro

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ore than 140 recently retired members, who collectively gave 5,178 years of policing service to the Victorian community, were honoured and warmly celebrated at the 2016 Police Association Retired and Life Members’ Dinner, held in early October. The retired members who called time on their policing careers during the course of the previous 18 months had each served an average of a little more than 36 years. It was a night of reminiscing and storytelling with war stories becoming more outlandish as the night wore on. Police Association President John Laird thanked and paid tribute to all the retirees honoured on the night, presenting each individually with a commemorative watch. The dinner was also a chance for many of the Association’s Life Members to get together and re-live fond memories. The honour of the longest serving retiree on the night went to Sergeant Laurence Morgan (16561) who served for 46 years, five months and 27 days before retiring in July this year. A gallery of photographs taken on the big night are featured on the following pages. You can also see a video of the night’s highlights on the homepage of the Association’s website – www.tpav.org.au ∆

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Left to right: Mercedes Galacho, Shelley Vale, TPAV President John Laird and Elizabeth Trappel.

Retired member Stephen Lake with TPAV Executive member Michael Lamb.

Former Deputy Commissioner Lucinda Nolan with TPAV Executive member Alex Griffith.

Retired member Marie-Luise Schmitz with TPAV Senior Vice-President Karl David.

TPAV Junior Vice-President Dermot Avon, retired member Philip Hubbard and TPAV Life Member Bruce Watt.

Retired member Malcolm ‘Jock’ Menzel delivers a speech on behalf of his 142 fellow retirees who were present on the night.

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Left to right: Brendon Boseley, Tom Dempsey, Glenda Scott, David Douglas, Lorraine Rowlings and Gillian Douglas.

Vicki and David Key.

Left to right: Yvonne Rout, Trevor Rout, Kevin Hinge Jr with his dad, Kevin Hinge, Mark Herman and Julie Donegan.

Roger Puehl and Karen Westgarth.

Left to right: Robyn Howarth, TPAV Life member Dave Mark, Sue Tink, Norm Tink and Brett Nelson.

Left to right: Helen Watt, Greg Davies (TPAV Life Member and former Secretary), Helen Davies and Tony Hargreaves (TPAV Life member).

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Left to right: Yvonne & Matthew Lyneham, Kenneth & Rosalie Tingate.

Anne Johns and Julie Rushton.

Left to right: Geoff Hamilton, Dan Hickey, Jennie Hickey, Phillip Egan, Chris Egan, Stephen Berriman and Jeanette Berriman.

Retiree John Wagner (centre) with TPAV Executive members Max Jackson and Michael Lamb.

Left to right: Damian Oehme, Gordana Oehme, John Scully, Terese Moloney and Graeme Moloney.

Left to right: Ann Morgan, Laurence Morgan, Ian Davis, Judy Decarteret and David Hand.

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Left to right: Lenda McTaggart, John McTaggart, Wayne Caddy and Jennie Caddy.

TPAV Life member Rick Lewis with partner Lauren Callaway.

Peter and Shelley Abbey.

Left to right: Chris Blazevic, Vanessa Blazevic, Darrell Dodds and Philomena Dodds.

Left to right: Cheryl McCole, Graham McCole, Kristy Lea and Peter Baiguerra.

TPAV Executive member Eamon Leahy and his partner Vanessa Leahy.

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Left to right: Lisa Hughes-Gage, Peter Robertson, Brent Scurry, Carolyn Everett, David O’Connor, Paula O’Connor, David De Francesco and Elizabeth De Francesco.

Left to right: Kerrie Eddy, Colin Eddy, Marian Feltham, Geoff Brown, Sharon Wagner and John Wagner.

. Left to right: Dan Hickey, Santo Acciarito, Chris Jenkins and Richard McIntosh.

TPAV Life member and former President, Fred Johansen and his wife Rhonda Johansen.

Left to right: Terri Norris, Rob Norris, Lesley Tait, Andrew Tait, Don Wood, Anita Wood, Brett Tanian, Therese Waters, Kevin Waters, Sue Tanian.

Left to right: Austin Johns, Julie Rushton, Kerry Cleaver, xxxxx, Roslyn Whittman and Rodney Whittman.

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L to R: TPAV Life member Brian Rix, Louise Forti, TPAV Life members Shirley Hardy-Rix and Bruce Watt, and retiree, Phil Hubbard.

Retired member, Damian Oehme and his wife, Gordana Oehme.

Retired member, Wayne Caddy with TPAV Senior Vice-President, Karl David.

TPAV President, John Laird presents retiree, David Key with his retirement gift.

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Retired member, Roger Puehl with TPAV Senior Vice-President, Karl David.

L to R: TPAV Life members John Whelan and Jacky Hanan, Debra Beck, Christine Matysik and TPAV Life member Clive Johnson.

TPAV President John Laird delivers his welcome address to annual Retired and Life Members’ dinner.

Retired member, Pete Harrison with TPAV Asst Treasurer, Michael Lamb.

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Cheryl’s heart beats true thanks to her boy in Blue Cheryl Robinson will be there to see her son, Cameron, graduate as a Victoria Police officer next year. She wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Cameron’s poise under pressure and a First Aid course he’d completed as part of his application to join the force.

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s Cheryl lay in her hospital bed recovering from what should have been a fatal heart attack, she hugged her son Cameron in close and whispered proudly, “I born you.” His response was immediate and apt: “And I born you.” In March this year, Cheryl was asleep in the family’s Wollongong home when, at 4am on a Friday morning, she let out a loud laboured gasp that woke Cameron, who was sleeping in an adjoining bedroom.

“Dad yelled out to me ‘Cameron, it’s your mother’ so I pretty much sprang out of bed and ran into the bedroom, turned the light on and she was just lying there on her back with her mouth wide open and she was making a gargling sound.” If anything was going to prepare 28-yearold Cameron for a career in policing and the pressures and stress it encompasses, it was the next half an hour of his life, and potentially his mother’s last. But fate had armed him for the challenge.

“I just heard like a loud moan or a groan from Mum, a long drawn out moan, I’ve never heard something like that before and it was loud enough to wake me up from the next room.”

At the time, Cameron was applying to join Victoria Police. His final prerequisite was to complete a course in First Aid, which included a practical class in administering CPR.

The urgency in his father’s response startled Cameron into action.

He’d completed the course four days earlier, and like the other participants, wondered if the skills

he had learned that day would ever be called upon. “At the start of the course they went around the group asking if anyone had performed CPR before and one guy said he had used it on his mum and I remember thinking to myself that I couldn’t imagine ever doing that.” Before he’d had a chance to think, it was before him. “I just checked her breathing and put my head on her chest and tried to hear her heart beat and see if her chest was going up and down and there was just nothing, her heart had stopped.” He called on his father to carry Cheryl off the bed and onto the floor, where he cleared her airways and gave her two quick breaths, before starting CPR.


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memory, but she was alive. While Cheryl has no memory of the first fortnight of her recovery, she remembers vividly the moment she was told that her saviour was her son. “I just hugged him in close and whispered in his ear ‘I born you’ and he whispered back in my ear ‘and I born you’. We just hugged, it was so emotional.” Cheryl says she’s both immensely proud to have raised a life saver, and incredibly thankful that it was her life that he saved. “He’s the one I wanted there. I’m so lucky that he was there for me.” “I just can’t describe how it makes me feel, just so incredibly proud. Cameron never flinched, he never asked my husband to take over. He says the adrenaline just kicked in because it was me and he needed to be the best he could be, for me.”

“I just can’t describe how it makes me feel, just so incredibly proud. Cameron never flinched, he never asked my husband to take over. He says the adrenaline just kicked in because it was me and he needed to be the best he could be, for me.” – Cheryl Robinson

For the next twenty minutes, Cameron pumped his mother’s chest, as his dad called for an ambulance.

stop, don’t you dare stop to have a breath or have a break, just keep going, because you’re only going to get one shot at this’.”

The rhythm of the compressions helped to focus him as his mind swelled with a flurry of competing thoughts.

“It was a combination of adrenaline and thinking ‘this is your mum, you’ve got to keep going’.”

“I remember actually thinking while I was doing CPR, ‘I need you here, I want to give you some grandkids. I want them to have a grandma.’”

It took several shocks from a defibrillator to jolt Cheryl’s heart back into rhythm. As he was being driven to hospital, her chance of survival was put at between three and six percent. The prospect of serious lasting damage was much higher.

And, amid the intensity, an unlikely source of guidance emerged. “I’d watched The Office and there was an episode where they do a first aid course and the song they used in it was ‘Staying Alive’ and when I was doing the first aid course they sang the same song. So, I was kind of singing it to myself as I was pumping away, just to keep that rhythm.”

And he did, until paramedics arrived.

“A doctor came and saw us in the waiting room at the hospital and said that we had given her a good shot but it’s really hard to survive without oxygen for so long. It was a long, isolated wait. It was really scary.”

The force and repetition of the compressions over twenty minutes broke Cheryl’s ribs and took a physical toll on Cameron too.

About an hour later hopes were raised when doctors revealed that Cheryl’s heart was beating, but she was now in a coma and the ramifications of her ordeal would not be known for some time.

“I could feel myself getting tired, but I remember thinking to myself, ‘It’s your mum, don’t you dare

When Cheryl Robinson woke 30 hours later, she was sore and struggling with her short-term

“He would have been so tired, so exhausted after it.” Cameron was by his mum’s bedside in hospital when he got a call to say his application to join Victoria Police had been accepted. The caller couldn’t have known that he had just passed the hardest possible audition for a life in policing. “I think it’s extremely important, it’s one of those things that I think now if I’m ever in doubt about how I will react in a situation, actually being in that situation of pressure and circumstance, it’s given me a bit of confidence, I know now that I’ll be fine when I need to be.” Understandably, both mother and son are enthusiastic advocates for the First Aid course. “There is no way that I would have been able to do the job that I did without having done that course. I’d never done first aid before so there is no way I would have got that result without having done it,” Cameron said “I’ve always known that it is so essential for people to do these courses, to know how to do CPR to help people, because it could happen right in front of you anytime, anywhere,” added Cheryl. Cameron is due to graduate from the Victoria Police Academy in March next year. Cheryl will be there to see him do it. “It’s going to be great,” Cameron said. “I couldn’t imagine not having her there.” Just as he was there for her. ∆


S/C Amy Virgona with her horse ‘Gecko’. Photo: Darren Tindale.

Amy cuts through with ‘Gecko’ By Kate Jones

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my Virgona’s hobby sets her apart from the herd.

On duty at Frankston Police Station, the Senior Constable is like any other officer. But off duty, the blue uniform is swapped for boots and chaps. Few Australians would have heard of ‘cutting,’ but to Amy, it’s a passion. “It’s the thrill of it,” she gushes. “I can’t explain it.” The sport’s origins are in the old American West, when cowboys at dusty ranches cornered cattle on open plains. So honed were their skills, they branched into arenas, and competitive ‘cutting’ was born. In a two-and-a-half minute ‘show,’ a horse and rider ‘cut’ or separate selected cows from a herd, and use athleticism and agility to prevent the beast returning to its mates. Hard stops and sharp turns put enormous strain on the horse’s muscles and joints. They must be able to think like a cow, to pre-empt and mirror its moves. Perhaps like a savvy police officer in pursuit of a crook.


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“There’s nothing like having a horse with that kind of power beneath you. It’s an adrenalin rush.” Amy’s love affair with cutting began in her youth. A country girl, she grew up in Colbinabbin, a speck on the map near Bendigo. “My home town, there’s only 113 people and it’s full of sheep,” she says. While at high school, she inquired about work experience with Victoria Police’s Mounted Branch, but accommodation was a stumbling block. “Mum rang, and they said there was a caravan park across the road,” she smirks. Instead, the schoolgirl found herself at a horse ranch 30km from home. She spent weekends and school holidays there, and was introduced to cutting. The equine infatuation took a backseat as Amy attended university, then joined Victoria Police in 2006. She and husband Steve settled in outer Melbourne. But something was missing. “One day, I just got a bit of an itch that I had to scratch.” Amy met a man who gave her free rein to exercise his cutting horses. She learned how to ride Western style, with one hand on the reins and one on the saddle horn. As her skills grew, so did the need for independence. “I got sick of riding other people’s horses, and one day I said to my husband, ‘I really want to get my own horse.’ “He said, ‘How much is that going to cost?’” Her response: “Er, you don’t want to know.” A decent cutting horse fetches up to $30,000. The more affordable option was buy an unbroken horse, and hope he could be trained. Enter ‘Gecko.’ He’s a Quarter Horse with impressive bloodlines and a registered name unbefitting a police officer’s steed: ‘Deceitful Play.’ Amy bought him as a three-year-old and sent him off to a trainer, who worked him for two-and-a-half years.

“He owes me a lot of money,” she jokes, “but you really can’t put a price on it, because he keeps me sane a lot of the time. “My job’s not exactly the easiest job in the world, and we see a lot of horrible stuff.” Far from a dusty ranch, Gecko lives in a lush paddock on the Mornington Peninsula. “There’s no noise out here, there’s no noise in my head. “My mind switches off. I don’t think about work, I don’t think about family, I don’t think about anything else except what I’m doing while I’m on him.” It’s an expensive and time-consuming pastime. Cutting horses need to train with cows. It’s a fourhour round trip to train with a mechanical cow

Amy and Gecko in action. Photo: Sandra Morgan.

in central Victoria, plus Amy puts Gecko through several fitness sessions each week. She juggles him with work and two young daughters, but it’s worth the effort. “It’s better therapy than you could ever ask for.” Amy had not long returned from maternity leave this year when she attended a traumatic scene and delivered a particularly harrowing death message to a young person’s family. It’s days like that when she most needs an outlet. “If people don’t have a hobby, I don’t really know how they get by,” she says. That said, Amy is still in love with policing, a decade on.


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“I’m having fun catching crooks. It’s a great job. It’s never the same.” After stints at Cranbourne and Springvale, and two at Highway Patrol, Amy is now happy at Frankston. But wouldn’t an avid rider be better suited to the Mounted Branch? She once thought so, and tried out in 2012. “I went to the fitness testing and got through everything. Did the beep test. Then, on the last component, which is the agility run, I touched a cone. I nicked it. It wouldn’t have even moved a centimetre. But that made me not fit enough.” While it was disappointing to bow out on a technicality, rejection may have been a blessing in disguise. The Mounted Branch has since moved to Attwood, a prohibitive 80km from Amy’s home. “Plus, they’re different horses, and I don’t know if they’d put up with me, to be honest. We sit back in the seat. We don’t sit up straight, we slouch.” She’s content to continue scratching her equine itch outside of work hours. She and Gecko should be ready to compete next year, with one eye on the Victorian championships, and the other, potentially, on the national event at Tamworth. But even if she never wins a prize, riding is a reward in itself. “There’s nothing like having a horse with that kind of power beneath you. It’s an adrenalin rush.” ∆

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PDAs – Common problems By Chris Gorissen

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he Police Association’s Legal Discipline unit receives a number of calls each week from our members querying entries placed on their Professional Development Assessment (“PDAs”) by assessors and voluntary contributors. The content of a member’s PDA has assumed a significant degree of importance considering that both the current and preceding PDA of a candidate now make up part of the transfer and promotion process. In addition, where members have been denied incremental progression, it is the content of the PDA that is heavily scrutinised to ascertain if such a decision can be supported. It is essential that those making entries and those receiving them have an understanding of what is acceptable and, more importantly, compliant with policy. It should also be remembered that the purpose of PDAs is to develop members, not to punish them. The purpose of this article is to provide a snapshot of common concerns, complaints and problems raised with the Association by both assessors and those subject to entries considered adverse.

The Requirement for Natural Justice The cornerstone of the policy is the requirement for management to dispense natural justice in their decision-making process regarding underperformance. This is evidenced by the following, which appears at the very first page of the “VPMP- Personal and professional management”: Performance management decisions must be made in accordance with this Policy, the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness. What this means in practical terms is that before an adverse entry is made into a PDA, the member must be given an opportunity to be heard. It also means that any entry must be supported by relevant evidence and not merely based on a subjective opinion of the contributor. A high number of queries directed to the Association relate to PDA entries made in complete contravention of the principles of natural justice. It is unfortunately not uncommon for adverse entries to find their way on members’

PDA in relation to matters that have never been discussed with them or where they have never had an opportunity to explain their conduct or provide a version of events. In addition, we often field queries relating to entries that are clearly invective in nature and based on personal bias and not actual evidence. Entries of this kind clearly contravene the policy and should not be tolerated. We strongly advise members subject to entries of this nature to contact the Association for assistance in having them either amended or expunged, particularly if the alleged evidence is relied on to deny incremental progression.

Timeliness The VPM Guidelines on “Professional Development and Assessment system” state that where underperformance is observed, PDA entries are to be made “as soon as possible after becoming aware of the performance issue” unless exceptional circumstances exist. Despite the fact this instruction has been in operation since 2010, the Association is still fielding queries from members who have had alleged evidence of underperformance were entered some months after the occurrence. What constitutes “exceptional circumstances” will turn on its own set of facts however there is arguably no valid reason why entries cannot be entered expediently. Where entries are made some weeks or months after the incident, there is a significant argument that they should be expunged. The requirement for entries to be made in a timely fashion is in lock-step with the “VPMP- Personal and professional management” at clause 2.4 which mandates: employees are given reasonable notice that a performance standard is not being met and reasonable opportunity to improve their performance, and such notice should also be included in the employee’s PDA This ensures members are not subject to a “summative assessment” whereby just prior to the end of a relevant assessment period all the purported evidence of underperformance is entered on the PDA.


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This leaves the member with no reasonable opportunity to improve quite simply because observations of underperformance had not been detailed to them during the assessment period let alone relevant guidance or remedial advice provided as to how to achieve the required standard. This becomes even more problematic when such evidence is relied upon to deny a member’s incremental progression. It should be noted that where a member has been denied incremental progression due to underperformance there exists a right of review before the Police Registration & Services Board if it’s not resolved through the grievance process. To this end both for the contributor and for the member receiving the entries it is crucial that the policy is understood and adhered to.

No quotas The VPM Guidelines on “Professional Development and Assessment system” clearly prohibit the use of quotas for the purpose of performance assessment. Clause 3.2 states: assessors of police members are not to set numerical targets for the submission of briefs of evidence, the issuing of penalty notices or prosecution of any offences. The policy goes on to state where enforcement of detected offences forms part of a performance discussion, managers: must consider that each employee is expected to make a fair and reasonable contribution to the detection and apprehension of offenders in accordance with the Victoria Police policy rules and guidelines While this appears to be a qualification on the prohibition on setting quotas, whether or not numerical targets are set under the auspices of “fair and reasonable contribution” will turn on the wording of the entry in the PDA.

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Evidence The requirement for evidence dovetails with the requirement to adhere to the principles of natural justice. The VPM Policy on “Performance and professional management” provides: Documentary evidence of underperformance must be objective and focus on the performance itself and not on personalities and hearsay Furthermore the VPM Guidelines on “Professional Development and Assessment system” states: Evidence within an employee’s PDA will be used at the end of the cycle to assess and rate the employee’s performance. The documented evidence should be specific, and the minimum necessary to enable an accurate rating What this means in practice is that an entry must be supported by evidence, not merely non-specific, anecdotal or third hand accounts of alleged underperformance. The evidence relied upon must be time and date specific and not grounded in hearsay. Where the underperformance relates to an allegation of a failure to comply with a legislation or policy requirement, there is an expectation that the member making the entry has actually construed the law or policy correctly. Again, members who receive entries of this type are encouraged to contact the Association for assistance in having an entry amended or expunged (either at local level or via the grievance process) or for the provisions of advocacy in the event the matter relates to denial of progression and is taken to the Police Registration & Services Board. ∆

Contact Us This article is not intended to cover chapter and verse every possible PDA or performance management scenario. This article should be read in conjunction with the VPM Policy on “Performance and professional management” and the VPM Guidelines on “Management of underperformance” and “Professional Development and Assessment system”. Suffice to say if members experience any of the examples listed above or indeed any other concern regarding an entry or PDA rating, we encourage them to make contact with our Legal Discipline team. Those making entries are likewise encouraged to make contact with the Association if they seek advice on what may or may not be considered compliant with policy.

It has always been the position of the Association that anything that remotely looks like articulating a numerical benchmark for brief submission or penalty notices amounts to the setting of a quota. If you are in any doubt, members are encouraged to contact the Association for advice. Chris Gorissen is The Police Association’s Legal Manager


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Ron Iddles’ Retirement Function Police Association Secretary, Ron Iddles will be retiring after more than 40 years in policing. To celebrate Ron’s highly-acclaimed career and his many achievements, members are invited to attend his retirement function. Tickets are strictly limited, so please contact Mel Adam at mxa@tpav.org.au to reserve your place.

K BOO ! NOW

Date: Friday 24th February 2017 Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start Venue: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne Cost: $80 per person (includes three course dinner, drinks and contribution towards a gift) RSVP: Please reserve your place by no later than Friday 13th January 2017 Payment details will be provided upon reserving your place.


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2017 Scholarships now available for school-age children A

re you a Police Association member with school-age children? If so, then your child may be eligible for a Police Association-funded scholarship to cover the costs of some of their education expenses in 2017 and beyond. As we have done for the past 15 years, the Association has again teamed up with the Victorian Department of Education to make scholarships available to four students who are members of the Victorian policing family. Depending on their year level, your child can apply for one of the following scholarships;

Graham Davidson Scholarship This scholarship, valued at $800, is awarded to a student completing year 6 in 2016. This scholarship covers a period of two years at an allowance of $400 for each year.

Angela Taylor Scholarship There are two scholarships awarded to students who are completing year 9 in 2016 – each valued at $350. This scholarship is awarded to cover a period of one year.

EC James Scholarship

How can your child apply?

This scholarship, valued at $900, is awarded to a student completing year 9 in 2016 and is for a period of three years at an allowance of $300 per year.

Your eligible child can apply for one of the above scholarships by completing an online application form at www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/scholarships .

Who can apply?

A hyperlink to this site is available on The Police Association website — www.tpav.org.au — simply go to the ‘About Us’ link and follow the prompts.

To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following criteria;

When do applications close?

1. Must be a child of a current member of the Police Association or a child of a police pensioner or widow(er)

The closing date for applications for these scholarships is close of business Wednesday 1 February 2017.

2. Student must attend a school located in Victoria (regardless of whether it is a public or private school)

Further information

3. Student must be involved in school/community activities 4. Student’s end-of-year results for 2016 will be assessed

Who determines the successful applicants? Scholarship recipients are selected by a panel from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development having regard to the above criteria. While the Police Association fully funds these scholarships, it has no involvement in the selection process.

Enquiries regarding any of the above scholarships can be directed to: Ms Andrea Constantino Student Scholarships Coordinator Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Phone: (03) 9637 3367 Email: Constantino.andrea.a@edumail.vic.gov.au Please note that Ms Constantino can also advise about other scholarships on offer from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development that may be of interest to Policing families, in addition to those being promoted in this article. ∆

2016 Scholarship recipients Alexei Guy-Toogood

Hannah Jane Ross

Kaitlin Alabaster

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Winner on safety, comfort, price

Motoring

Outback Premium is better on the highway and in the rough than are some taller-bodied SUVs exceeds supply

Design

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The up-market Subaru Outback Premium Diesel auto looks more family wagon than SUV. But it gets some muscle from its chunky sill panels, big roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels with 60-profile tyres, and a tailgate lip-spoiler.

Outback Premium diesel auto ($44,990) comes with an extensive features list, which includes:

The 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed diesel produces 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,800rpm. Quoted combined fuel economy is 6.3 litres/100km (6.9 litres/100km on test). Braked towing capacity is 1,700kg..

Ground clearance of 213mm is a help off road but the lack of under-body protection means drivers have to take care. X-Mode tailors traction and stability systems to off-road conditions and activates hill-descent control. Outback Premium offers comfortable leathertrimmed seating for five. Rear 60/40 seats can recline and cargo space ranges from 512 to 1,801 litres. A full-sized spare wheel sits under the cargo floor. Premium’s dash and console are nicely laid out and feature an integrated colour touch-screen with satellite navigation. The thick leather-bound steering wheel has function buttons for audio, phone, trip computer and adaptive cruise-control and also features paddle shifters for the auto transmission. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine drives all four wheels through a CVT auto transmission.

• Electric sunroof. • Leather trim with heated and power-operated front seats. • Heated folding mirrors. • Keyless entry and push-button start. • Auto lights and wipers. • Satellite navigation (with three-year free map upgrades). • Power cargo door. • Dual-zone climate control. • Multifunction display with digital speedo. Safety Outback Premium scores five-stars (ANCAP) for safety with such features as: • Seven airbags, including driver’s knee. • Reversing camera. • ISOFIX child restraints. • Traction and stability control systems.

On the road Outback diesel is a perfect highway cruiser with a roomy, luxurious ambience and stacks of luggage space. Confident cornering, and the security of constant all-wheel-drive, complements its smooth, quiet ride. Its relatively small diesel has plenty of low-down torque for effortless overtaking and easy hillclimbing. The engine – only audible at idle – is very economical given Outback’s size. Outback can handle rough and slippery dirt tracks with ease but is limited in more difficult terrain. Verdict Outback Premium is a winner: comfortable and safe; capable and well-equipped; economical and reasonably priced.

• Constant 4x4 with X-Mode. • Subaru’s Eyesight safety system incorporating a full suite of advanced driver-assistance and accident-avoidance technologies. The only thing missing is parking sensors.

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Design and technology Civic’s strengths And to produce its edgy looks and high-tech features Honda started with a blank canvas

Design

Value for money

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The 10th-generation Honda Civic is a slightly bigger, sportier sedan with a fresh interior, new drive trains and improved technology.

Civic Sedan prices range from $22,390 (VTi) to $33,590 (VTi-LX). The new RS sells for $31,790. Its standard features include::

Entry Civic’s 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated fourcylinder engine produces 104kW of power and 174Nm of torque.

• Auto-levelling LED headlights. • Electric sunroof.

Combined fuel economy, according to Honda, is 6.4 litres/100km. The all-new 1.5-litre turbo-four pumps out 127kW and 220Nm and has combined economy of 6.0 litres/100km.

• Leather trim with heated front seats.

Boot space is up to 519 litres.

Of the five variants, VTi and VTi-S each feature an improved 1.8-litre engine coupled to a CVT automatic transmission. A new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with CVT transmission powers the more-luxurious VTi-L, VTi-LX models and the sporty new RS.

• Seventeen-inch alloy wheels.

• Power-operated driver’s seat.

Civic’s edgy design elements, including rounded mudguards and coupe-style roofline, deliver a more athletic appearance.

• 452-watt audio with 10 speakers (including subwoofer).

Drivers score a small multi-adjustable steering wheel with sporty seating position.

• Boot spoiler.

The dash features an electronic gauge layout with central digital speedo, trip computer and tachometer.

• Cruise control with speed limiter.

A new seven-inch colour touch-screen allows users to link their smart phones through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Available apps include navigation, phone, messaging, music and entertainment. Civic will seat four adults in comfort with plenty of shoulder-room and legroom. Boot space is huge for this class and an emergency spare wheel sits under its floor.

• Dual-zone climate control. • Digital radio (DAB). Safety Standard safety items include:

On the road New RS looks the part both inside and out and can be rewarding to drive. Around town it’s light and easy with smooth operation and good comfort levels. Pushed a little harder, the new turbo-four responds with free-revving, spirited performance, albeit with some engine noise at higher revs. The seven-step paddle-shifter allows the driver to squeeze the most from the engine.

• Tyre deflation warning system.

Suspension is firm but not harsh and RS is agile in corners.

• Six airbags.

Verdict

• Traction and stability control systems.

New Civic Sedan has plenty to offer and should appeal to a wide audience. Its strengths are looks, space, driveability and technology. ∆

• Multi-angle reversing camera. • Auto brake hold. • Hill-start assist. An innovative feature on all models is a camera which operates from the indicator stalk and offers a wide view of the left lane.


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WhaddaYaKnow

Win a free double movie pass

Compiled by Sandro Lofaro

Waxing Lyrical

He Said, She Said

Name the song title and artist belonging to each set of lyrics:

Name the well-known identities responsible for these quotes;

01. So we’re comin’ out of the kitchen, ‘cause there’s something we forgot to say to you

01. “Please explain?!”

02. My mama don’t like you and she likes everyone; And I never like to admit that I was wrong

03. “If you are going to fail, then fail gloriously”

03. There is freedom within, there is freedom without: Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup 04. And that man comes on the radio, And he’s tellin’ me more and more about some useless information

02. “The greatest stimulator of my running career was fear” 04. “Shoot straight, you bastards. Don’t make a mess of it” 05. “When you play test cricket, you don’t give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust” 06. “Do you know why I have credibility? Because I don’t exude morality”

05. She’s been living in her white bread world as long as anyone with hot blood can, And now she’s looking for a downtown man

07. “Why are people so unkind?

06. Just one day out of life; it would be, it would be so nice

09. “You only get one Alan Bond in your lifetime and I’ve had mine”

07. And I wish, I wish I knew the right words to make you feel better walk out of this place

10. “ When politicians offer you something for nothing, or something that sounds too good to be true, it’s always worth taking a careful second look.”

08. Doesn’t that make you shiver; the way things could have gone? And doesn’t it feel peculiar when everyone wants a little more? 09. It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, The minor fall, the major lift, The baffled king composing… 10. I’m dirty, mean and mighty unclean I’m a wanted man; Public enemy number one, understand… 11. We’re all someone’s daughter, We’re all someone’s son; How long can we look at each other down the barrel of a gun? 12. It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid; At Christmas time we let in light and we banish shade 13. I just want you for my own, more than you could ever know; Make my wish come true… 14. Peel your bananas; The second step, toss in some grapes; The third step, chop up some apples, chop up some melons, and put them on your plate 15. Dream on white boy, dream on black girl, and wake up to a brand new day… 16. There was something in the air that night, the stars were bright… 17. The minute you let her under your skin; then you begin to make it better 18. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans 19. I’m high on the hill looking over the bridge to the MCG 20. I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say; Tear us apart, baby, I would rather be dead

08. “It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper”


The Police Association Victoria Journal

For your chance to win a double pass to see the new movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, simply email the correct answers to the three questions highlighted to journal@tpav.org.au

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Opens January 26

“I’ll be back...”

Based on Capcom’s hugely popular video game series Resident Evil comes the final instalment in the most successful video game film franchise ever.

Name the movie that features these famous quotes; 01. ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” 02. ‘Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead.

03. ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ 04. ‘Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’ 05. ‘You can’t handle the truth’ 06. ‘ Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

07. ‘Yo, Adrian’ 08. ‘Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary’ 09. ‘I’m the king of the world’ 10. ‘You complete me’

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Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=-epkDvc1PlE

Ad Fab, Castrol Last edition: Waxing Lyrical: Sounds of then (This is Australia) by Gang Gajang; He Said, She said: John Kennedy Snr; edition; 6. Casablanca; 7. Rocky; 8. Dead Poets Society; 9. Titanic; 10. Jerry Maguire “I’ll be back...”: 1. Gone with the wind; 2. Wall Street; 3. When Harry met Sally; 4. Forrest Gump; 5. Answer next Bob Hawke; 7. Kamahl; 8. Errol Flynn; 9. Kerry Packer; 10. Malcolm Turnbull He Said, She Said: 1. Answer next edition; 2. Herb Elliott ; 3. Cate Blanchett; 4. Breaker Morant; 5. Don Bradman; 6. 18. Beautiful Boy, John Lennon; 19. Leaps and Bounds, Paul Kelly ; 20. Simply the best, Tina Turner you, Mariah Carey; 14. Fruit Salad, The Wiggles ; 15. Original Sin, INXS; 16. Fernando, ABBA; 17. Hey Jude, The Beatles; edition; 11. You’re the Voice, John Farnham; 12. Do they know it’s Christmas, Band Aid; 13. All I want for Christmas is Madonna; 7. Blow up the Pokies, The Whitlams; 8. Scar, Missy Higgins; 9. Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen; 10. Answer next 3. Don’t dream it’s over, Crowded House; 4. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones; 5. Uptown Girl, Billy Joel; 6. Holiday, Waxing Lyrical: 1. Sisters are doin’ it for themselves, Aretha Franklin / Eurythmics; 2. Love Yourself, Justin Bieber;

Answers


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