Police Commissioner Shane Patton has unveiled Victoria Police’s elite new Playground Response Unit, in support of Premier Daniel Andrew new edicts on closure of playgrounds.
The officers will be equipped with M4’s, riot gear, tear gas canisters and have a direct line to air support, in the case of mothers’ groups refusing to leave.
Patton was quick to praise the preparedness and training of the unit and that demoralising the rank-and-file Police with totalitarian duties the last 18 months, was not a waste of time and money at all.
“These guys have had months of experience since March 2020 kicking the shit out of bankrupt small business owners, arresting pregnant mothers and a lot more,” Patton told a packed press conference.
“Make no mistake, if you’re letting the kids enjoy their childhood, getting fresh air and putting them on the swing set then you will be arrested and charged and Victoria Police makes no apologies for that.”
The unit will deploy live this week and be on patrol at swings and slides at parks across the Melbourne metro area.