LOCAL police are fully engaged in Operational Sentinel, the statewide law-enforcement response to the coronavirus pandemic.
But according to Wonthaggi Station Sergeant Col Sheppard, there’s been no standout breaches detected in the local community.
“We’ve got all the responsibilities in the statewide tasking, checking on social distancing, numbers in food and licensed premises and from time to time, we get specific tasks on behalf of DHHS but it’s simply part of our policing effort now.
“The only additional thing we’ve had in our area is working with Phillip Island Nature Parks and the tourism industry on Phillip Island to assist them.
“Other than that, it’s been fairly routine for us, which has been good.”
But they are certainly out there and as stressed by the State Premier Daniel Andrews at his press conference today, “police have a very clear agenda and the time for warnings and cutting people some slack is over”.
Further to comments made by Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent today, find below provisional Victoria Police statistics and recent examples of infringements issued under the Chief Health Officer’s directions.
Provisional statistics for the last 24 hours:
- Issued a total of 63 fines to individuals for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions
- 21 of these infringements were issued at vehicle checkpoints
- Checked 21,813 vehicles at the vehicle checkpoints on main arterial roads
- Conducted 4958 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state
- A total of 110,507 spot checks conducted since March 21.
Provisional statistics since the Stage 3 restrictions came into effect across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire on Wednesday, July 8:
- Issued 546 infringement notices to individuals for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions
- 151 of these infringements were issued at vehicle checkpoints
- Checked 85,886 vehicles at the vehicle checkpoints on main arterial roads
- Conducted 16,046 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state
Examples of fines issued in the past 24 hours include:
* Police located 10 people in the driveway and on the footpath with stools set up around a gas heater consuming alcohol. They told police they thought that if they maintained 1.5m distance, they were able to gather in the street. One of the males on scene had travelled from Brighton. All 10 people at the gathering were issued with fines for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions.
* Four people who live in different areas including Cranbourne, Collingwood and Cranbourne North were gathered at a private residence in Alphington.
* Police attended an address on Hoddle Street in Collingwood during the evening of 14 July. None of the people located at the address were residents. Police believe a party was occurring at the premises and as a result, six people were issued with fines for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions.
* Police attended a party in Box Hill on July 14. Five people not from that address were present, and when asked by police for their reason for being there they stated they were celebrating their friend’s graduation. All five will receive fines for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions.
* Police conducted a routine check at one of the vehicle checkpoints located in Broadford. As the vehicle entered the checkpoint lane, police noticed it was swerving. Upon further inspection, police noticed drug paraphernalia in the car and a search was then conducted, where police located a traffickable quantity of drugs and cash. Police are continuing to make enquiries as to the criminal activity, and the male is expected to receive a fine for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions as he had no suitable reason for travel.
* After responding to a noise complaint on the night of Thursday, July 9, police located 10 people in breach of the Chief Health Officer directions who were gathered for a party at a short term rental in La Trobe Street, Docklands. These 10 people were all issued with infringements on the night. Upon further investigation, police identified a further 24 people who were present at the apartment and they were all issued with infringements for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions. In addition to this, police have also issued the owner of the apartment, who rented it out while in full awareness of the current restrictions, with an infringement notice for breaching the directions. The Chief Health Officer directions state that a person who owns, controls or operates an accommodation facility in a Restricted Area must not operate that facility during the restricted activity period.
* On Monday, July 13 police attended a fast food store in Dandenong after reports a male refused to leave the dining area, after being asked to by staff as it was closed due to the Chief Health Officer restrictions. When police spoke to the male, he was completely aware he was breaching the Chief Health Officer directions and was issued with an infringement notice.