COVID Policing

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COVIDPOLICING BI-Weekly Roundup #9


Welcome to this fortnight’s roundup.  First, in regards to the Victorian Government’s actions in North Melbourne and Flemington, COVIDpolicing strongly condemns the discriminatory imprisonment of working and poor people, and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities of colour. See our joint statement of concern and solidarity. In the past two weeks, we have had...



Welcome to our second bi-weekly roundup and the eighth since our project began taking reports.  To begin: COVIDPolicing’s open letter is now open requesting all Federal, State, and Territories to release data on COVID stops and infringements and was cited by SBS. The article finds that Victoria Police has almost five times the number of COVID fines than NSW Police. Debate has continued on...



Welcome to our first bi-weekly round up. As the rate of incoming reports continues to decrease on the website we will be moving our roundups of reports to fortnightly. The alleged murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers on 25 May, has led to massive protests throughout the world and provoked a wide-spread and unprecedented debate about the role of policing and police practices...

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #6


Since the lunching of the site, we continue to see reports of police issuing COVID-19 fines to members of the public as unwarranted and unnecessary add-ons to other fines or offences. Or to legitimise a stop-and-question they have conducted but found no obvious breach of the restrictions or other law.

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #5


As so many have stated before and during this current state of emergency, we cannot police our way out of this pandemic, and trying to doing so risks exacerbating inequities and further damaging already fragile human rights protections.

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #4


Until police across the continent release data of the number of stops and fines being issued, the reasons for these stops and fines, and the post-code locations they are happening in – sites like this are the only way to build an independent picture of how COVID-19 restrictions are being policed, whether they are being enforced fairly, and to identify any trends in policing.

Covidpolicing Weekly roundup #3


The website was launched on Monday 6th April, 2020 to track the extraordinary expansion of police powers in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the unequal patterns of enforcement that may arise as  a result.  We stress that the public health measures introduced in Australia on the basis of medical advice to prevent the spread of coronavirus are vitally important...

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #2


Now in its second week of operation, the Covid Policing website has had and additional 32 reports concerning police interactions.

Clear guidelines needed for public to trust Covid-19 enforcement


14 April 2020 Published here. Amnesty International Australia and the Grata Fund call on State and Territory governments and all relevant bodies to publicly release guidelines used by police to enforce COVID-19 social distancing regulations. A growing list of organisations are now calling for improved police accountability to maintain public trust as COVID-19 health regulations are enforced. To...

This collaborative project aims to document incidents, reports, and examples from members of the public concerning COVID-19 policing, for use in monitoring and reporting, as well as legal advocacy and accountability. It is run by a group of legal and human rights advocacy organisations, backed up by a network of policing academics with a coordinator in each state.
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