Policing Our State but Yet Bullying is Acceptable

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The following article was submitted as a ‘Guest Post’ by Harry Hatzis, which focuses on bullying within the Victorian police force.

Policing Our State but Yet Bullying is Acceptable

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So how about a bit of a closer look to where bullying exists within the Victorian workforce.

We don’t have to look any further than our own Victorian Police Force.bullied-police-officer-Michael Maynes

Bullying about Mr Maynes sexuality (picture on right) from fellow police officers sent him into a state of psychiatric depression. His condition worsened with further bullying which led to him taking his own life.

I ask the question, Why does this happen in the organisation that is suppose to protect and serve our Victorian community with honourability and dignity?

Instead, the actions of Victorian Police officers mirror qualities and behaviours that are unacceptable to the community, bullish and reckless.

This is not the first time that instances of bullying in the Police Force has been exposed to the public.

Karen Aden Willet was belittled by reason of her race, her being pregnant and her alleged incompetence by superiors and other officers. These events lead to her suffering severe psychiatric illness which affected her quality and enjoyment of life to the point where she would leave home wearing disguises to prevent further bullying. She, unlike others who struggle to gain redress through the legal system relating to bullying, received $250K in 2013.

Again I ask the question, why does this continue to happening?

 



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12 Responses to “Policing Our State but Yet Bullying is Acceptable”

  1. Michael was a ex partner of mine. He was a good bloke. To think that he was harassed to the point he took his own life disturbs me. He was a strong young man. No type of bullying is ok. R.I.P Michael. You were one I did treasure. X

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    • Well there are actually two sides to every story
      I had the unfortunate experience of working with Micheal.
      He was himself a nasty bully, as well as extremely opinionated and obnoxious. His behavior was totally unacceptable in the work place. We knew he was gay because he enjoyed trying to shock us with constant dialog and slurs of a sexual nature about what he had been up to in the weekends.
      What you do in your bedroom is your business and nobody really cares but we don’t want to hear about it at work every day. Anyone that complained about his constant sexual innuendo was branded as homophobic.
      Not only that but he liked to make sexual slurs about anyone that he didn’t like including female colleagues behind their backs.
      He was breath and drug tested at work because we knew he would be at the pub all hours and then turn up for work a few hours later. We had a zero tolerance to alcohol at work.
      Perhaps he was bullied in the Police force, but if the behavior I witnessed was anything to go by, perhaps his Police colleagues were sick of his constant sexual innuendo at work.
      There were several complaints about his conduct by various people and finally his contract was not renewed. I for one was glad to see the back of him.
      He was a serial job hopper and I don’t know anybody that enjoyed working with him as he burned his bridges where ever he went.
      I’m sorry he took his life but many people have been bullied for what ever reason and you get over it and get on with life.

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      • @Avon- you sound more like a case manger and if the case then you should STFU- or is the guilt getting to you.
        I have been subjected to much ill treatment from WC, so much so I have been very close to choosing Michael’s option. What I have learned: EVERYONE HAS A BREAKING POINT
        have you found yours yet Avon?
        Strange that an “ex colleague” would even be on this site let alone waste time commenting if they detested him so much.
        MadChef

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      • Avon, what disgraceful comments from you. What utter lies. Michael for one would always keep his private life behind closed doors. He would never drink on the job let alone before driving. I seriously hope you’re a evil troll and not someone working in the force. Hang your head in shame if you’re!!!! You’re nothing more than a disgrace. If you have any decency left delete your comment.

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        • You two obviously didn’t work with the guy. It’s not lies at all, it’s how he was.
          He was not a ‘ private ‘ guy he took great pleasure in boasting about his sexual achievements at work and frankly it was disgusting and he had many complaints by other staff about his behavior.
          He also took great pleasure in insulting people that had done him no harm at all.
          He was obviously very unhappy on the inside and he didn’t mind making other people suffer as a consequence.

          I wont delete my comments because they are simply true.
          You can be politically correct as much as you like but the simple fact is there are two sides to every story. Just because a guy writes comments in his diary suggesting he was bullied doesn’t actually mean it happened for a fact.

          People feel victimized all the time but that doesn’t actually always mean they are being bullied.

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          • @Avon: Just what are you trying to achieve by all of this?
            I am sure his family and friends are suffering over his suicide.
            I have applaud free speech but not spiteful slander where a person cannot defend themselves.
            Where do you fit in in the WorkCover system? Have you been injured at work?
            Are you a claimant or employee for a insurance company?
            Why don’t you just be mature, deal with what ever issues you have over his death and move on.
            This site is about support and information sharing to help people in this corrupt WorkCover system survive.
            MadChef

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            • @MadChef
              The thing about Slander is that if its true ( which it is) It’s not actually Slander.

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              • @ Avon Not wanting to get into a pissing competition with you but I would appreciate you answering the question I posed to you:
                Where do you fit in in the WorkCover system? Have you been injured at work?
                Are you a claimant or employee for a insurance company?

                And for the record I totally agree with you re media not reporting correctly.
                All the best
                MadChef

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        • You are dead wrong on both those two points Luke. Not lies at all. I didn’t particularly like the guy or dislike the guy i’m just saying exactly how it was as someone that had the misfortune to work with him.
          You obviously never worked with him…
          By the way just because someone thinks the are being bullied and hard done bye, doesn’t actually mean for a fact that it happened.

          PS this is a public forum, if you don’t like freedom of speech I strongly suggest you move to Nth Korea or Iran.

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          • @Avon, yes this is a public forum for free speech but it’s also a a specific public forum designed as an “injured workers support network forum” set up to support injured workers. You are only going to upset and aggravate people who have suffered from workplace injuries here, so therefore you are being met with anger and distrust over what you have stated bc most people here have suffered immeasurably and the system treats us like criminals. If you feel strongly about what you say, then all we ask is post it on a public forum more appropriate to your view. Everything you say may be true but it’s not the right place or time to be posting those views here. Many people here are on the brink of suicide bc their lives have been destroyed by their injury or the way they have been treated. Please just consider those kinds of issues before posting as many people here are psychologically fragile and really take comments personally and to heart. Live and let live, speak freely but please be sensitive to others is all we ask. Just please use some compassion and think about the consequences of what you are saying and how it affects others who HAVE suffered from bullying, felt suicidal and unsupported. Nobody can stop you but we can ask for your compassion and understanding. Thnx Bonnie

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            • @Bonny
              The only reasons i commented was to suggest to readers that just because you read something in the News Paper, doesn’t actually mean it’s true.
              I had first hand experience engaging with this individual at work and I can tell you large parts of the article relating to his character were simply not true.
              However not withstanding that since you were reasonable and articulate with your request I will refrain from commenting further.

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  2. @Avon, thank you for your kind response. I do acknowledge and agree with what you say about things being written that aren’t always true and also your point that there are two sides to every story is also very true. Thank you for understanding and I wish you well. Bon

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