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Submission to:
 
House Standing Committee on Education andEmployment
Inquiry into workplace bullying
VP Fairwork Network
Submitted by: , Senior Sergeant, Victoria Police on behalf of VP Fairwork Network
 
Submission Number: 93Date Received: 28/6/2012
 
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INDEXPage
Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………….
3The Prevalen
ce of Bullying in the Workplace……………………………………
..3The Culture ....
………………………………………………………………………………..…
.4The Role and Culture of the Police Association of Victoria (TPAV)
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..5Existing Education and Support Services to Prevent and Respond to WorkplaceBullying
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..5
Case Study #1………………………………………………………………………………….…
5The Alleged Non-Punitive Process
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6Case Study #2
……………………………………………………………………
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7Equity and Diversity
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8
Case Study #3…………………………………………………………………….………………
8Denial and Under Reporting
……………………………………………………….……..9
 
Moving Forward………………………………………………………………………………
10
Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………….10
 
Appendix AAppendix B
 
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Introduction:
My name is and I am a member of Victoria Police of the rank of SeniorSergeant. I have been a member of Victoria Police for 25 years.
I do not represent theVictoria Police.
I represent a group of Victoria Police members recently founded named VP(Victoria Police) Fairwork Network. This group was started after a number of Victoria Policemembers contacted me after I appeared on Channel 7 Melbourne News on inattempt to expose the high number of bullying cases in Victoria Police and the detrimentalactions experienced of many members as a result of reporting bullying.The views and opinions are mine and my interpretation of experiences relayed to me bymembers of our group and many other members of Victoria Police.These
members’
stories are of course all different in their own way but there are also manysimilarities. Those similarities included all of the behaviours in the common definitions of workplace bullying but what was common to most stories was the detrimental action takenagainst members, mostly in the form of recriminations and retribution.Victoria Police have either denied that there is any bullying to a degree that warrantsconcern or have been disingenuous about their own figures.Not only are members affected by these issues faced with battling the massive bureaucracythat is Victoria Police, they are also faced with little support from their union on this issue,yet another large and powerful bureaucracy, The Police Association of Victoria (TPAV).
The Prevalence of Bullying in the Workplace:
The results of a recent
‘People Matters’
conducted in May 2011* survey conducted by theState Services Authority and completed by 4200 Victoria Police members were as follows:
 
21.43%
said they had been bullied at work
 
29.76%
said they had witnessed bullying at work
 
On the 21
st
of June, 2012 the official quote from Victoria Police on bullying reportswas
“Less than a
dozen last year 
” 
, less than
0.29%.
 During an interview with 7 News Melbourne (See
Appendix A, Link 2
) Psychologist MichaelBurge states he had treated over 100 member of Victoria Police for Post-Traumatic StressSyndrome and nearly all cases it was a result of bullying in the workplace. He also statesthat Victoria Police is nowhere near as good as the Defence Force when it comes to dealingwith bullying.

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