A senior Victoria Police official resigned from the force after publicly voicing his objection to the implementation of the state health director’s instructions.
Former Acting Senior Sergeant Krystle Mitchell, who worked for Victoria Police for over 16 years, appeared on video on an anti-lockdown social media platform on Friday night.
Dressed in a full uniform, she said police “are scaring people in the community” by enforcing the chief medical officer’s public health restrictions.
“I couldn’t be happier in terms of the job I do on a daily basis,” she said in the video.
“But behind that, there are all my friends who are police officers, who work on the front lines and suffer every day from the application of the directives of CHO which a large majority, or certainly a large majority, do not believe and do not want. not impose.
“The consequences of my being here today are that I will be resigning from the Victoria Police Force, as of the end of this interview, as the consequences of my going out to the public would be dismissal. “
The AAP understands Ms Mitchell resigned from Victoria Police on Friday morning, before the video was released, and is under investigation by Professional Standards Command.
She is currently on personal leave and will not be returning to work.
Ms Mitchell claimed to be the founder of a police group opposed to compulsory force vaccination and prior to her resignation was working in a non-operational role under the Gender Equality and Inclusion Command.
Victoria Police said Ms Mitchell’s comments “do not in any way reflect” the organization’s views.
“Over the past 18 months, our members have worked tirelessly to enforce the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s directives to slow the spread of the coronavirus in order to keep all Victorians healthy and save lives,” said the police in a press release.
“The CHO’s instructions are based on health advice and set by the Victorian government. Victoria Police cannot choose which laws they apply.
“We recognize that it has been an extremely difficult time for all Victorians who have had to give up so much.
“We know how fragile public trust can be and it is important that people can have confidence in what we are doing.”
Victorian-era Liberal Deputy Leader David Southwick said members of the police came to his office “in tears” because they had to enforce public health rules.
“None of them signed up for this, it’s hard work, and I sympathize with this front line – they’ve been forced by the Andrews government to enforce some of the toughest rules we have. views anywhere, ”he said.
“This is not what the members of the Victoria police force signed up for.”
Assistant Treasurer Danny Pearson, who spoke at the Daily Coronavirus Update in Victoria and recently served as Acting Police Minister while Lisa Neville was on leave, thanked Ms Mitchell for her service and referred the questions to the police commissioner.
“Our officers are doing a fantastic job and I think the community really values and respects them for what they do, in very trying and very difficult circumstances,” he told reporters.
Another anti-containment protest is scheduled for Saturday in Melbourne.
Victoria Police have said they support the right of people to protest peacefully “and that has not changed”.
“While now is not the time to protest due to the risk of the virus spreading and current restrictions, Victoria Police are committed to facilitating peaceful protests once instructions permit,” the statement said.
Associated Australian Press