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UT cops bend rules to suit sel
If you are a relative or friend of an accused and want to meet him in the lock-up at the District Courts, you will just not be allowed to or will be made to wait the whole day till the accused are taken back to Burail Jail around 5 pm.

But if you are a relative of a Police official who has been recently booked on charges of corruption, then you can enjoy special treatment at the cost of law. UT Police officials will not only escort you inside the lock-up but will also serve tea.

Such an incedent showing a clear abuse of law was witnessed on saturday at the UT District C... Read more

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Police Assoc condemns axing of

The Police Association has condemned a move by Victoria Police to scrap the Armed Offenders Squad.

The move comes only months after it was revealed that some of its members were under investigation by the Office of Police Integrity (OPI).

The Armed Offenders Squad is being replaced with a new group called Taskforce 700 or Taskforce Emerald.

In announcing the change, Assistant Commissioner Simon Overland would not comment on an OPI investigation into claims of assault and intimidation of suspects by some members of the squad.

"We think there's a different and better way to deal with armed offending and we're now putting those arrangements in place," he said.

Police Association secretary Paul Mullett says it is a sad day for Victoria Police.

"It's an even sadder day for what is a very proud squad," he said.

He has also condemned a move to dock the pay of around 60 officers who walked off the job for several hours in protest against the changes.


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