It wasn’t that long ago we editorialised: “We’ll bet a pound to a penny that by some ‘coincidence’ the Murdoch media will be there to capture the arrest of an offender of colour. And we bet they’ll be anyone who isn’t of Anglo-Saxon appearance.”
If Victoria Police truly was interested in “public safety” and Upholding The Right (it’s motto) to it’s the actual duty to “serve and protect” then we’d have commensurate operations targeting crime in more affluent suburbs too. Ask why not?
This new Operation Ricketier is designed to meet KPIs and get maximum convictions. It’s not about reducing harm to the community at all.
It never has been and never will be.
There are hoon drivers in affluent eastern suburbs too, often driving Porsche’s. But there’s no operation targeting them. Why not?
We’ll tell you why not.
It’s pretty simple. Police stations and the officers attached to those stations have Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to meet. These KPIs are only met with ‘x’ amount of arrests and ‘y’ amount of convictions.
Police stations and the officers from them are only interested in meeting these KPIs, not public safety.
It’s just the modern equivalent of Victorian police officers ‘out the back’ for a bit of shakedown with the old Yellow Pages until they get admission, guilty or not. “A to K or L to Z?”
They can’t telephone book suspects anymore – lest it’s picked up by CCTV (again) – to meet KPIs, so they’ve found other ways around it.
It is why most police operations target those suburbs of lower socio-economic class. Police know these people – at best – may access legal aid, but they can’t afford rich lawyers, thereby increasing the chances of a successful court conviction.
But, the ‘Karens’ of the world from Toorak and affluent suburbs usually have connections to politicians, media and other powerful people. And money. Offenders from Caroline Springs generally do not.
In other words, police will always target lower socio-economic areas, whilst those in Maserati’s from Brighton or Toorak can go on ripping off people for millions every day or infecting people with COVID after returning from Aspen. (Notice they weren’t fined or charged).
Why? Those from Toorak can afford QCs (“the lawyer’s rich people use”) and police know they’ll unlikely get a conviction. If they can’t get a conviction, then the station doesn’t meet KPIs and the officers involved in the arrest can’t ‘earn’ new epaulettes on their shoulder patch.
They want to meet KPIs and go from Leading Senior Constable to Sargeant. It’s much easier to do in areas where alleged offenders can not afford rich lawyers and fuck up the police officer’s future promotion plans.
It is no different down under to how police forces and county sheriffs operate in the United States. Much easier to go after the poor black man from the Bronx for weed and get an arrest and conviction than find the cocaine dealer in Los Angeles who can afford rich lawyers.
Australia is no different. Just ask a First Nations person.
Don’t take my word for it. Watch, listen and learn for yourself independent of any media. Then tell VicNews we’re wrong. I’ll bet you can not do so.
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This editorial was first broadcast on 3VN, (97.7MHz FM) Monday 12 October 2020 at noon. This is the transcript for JRN3BEJ. (GRAB: ‘THE CASTLE’, 1997, WORKING DOG, MELBOURNE).