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Victoria Police Use Counter-Terror Boat For Surf Trip

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news // Mar 9, 2017
Words by stab
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How do you punish those who administer the law, when they violate the very thing they’re meant to uphold? Great question, and we’re about to find out.

Earlier this week, two Victoria police officers used a $650,000 counter-terrorism boat to reach a remote spot near Point Nepean, parking it at a left-hander known as Quarantines, or Quarras, which is only accessible by watercraft. Their reason for doing so: To go for a surf, of course.

The officers — a sergeant and senior constable — suspected took the rigid hull inflatable boat after completing a joint Water Police-Special Operation Group (SOG) training exercise. These crafts are commonly used for counter-terrorism and other high-profile exercises. Prior to their excursion, the officers were participating in a SOG boarding of the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry for a mock hijacking scenario.

The sergeant involved is a former police and emergency services games surfing champion.

According to the Victoria Police code of conduct, all employees are expected to “conduct yourself, both during and outside working hours, in a manner that protects your reputation and the reputation of the organisation.”

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