Victoria Police Weapon ID guide
This guide is to help journalists, legal and human rights observers identify weapons that are currently available to Victoria Police. This is not an exhaustive list. It includes weapons used in crowd-control / public-order management contexts.
The guide is available to download as a foldable A4 leaflet here (PDF)
Note: Using, drawing or threatening use of any weapon is considered a ‘use of force’ for which the police officer is both legally and organisationally accountable. Any use of force must be proportionate, reasonable under the circumstances and in accordance with specific legal requirements (eg. legislative provisions or common law), s.462A Crimes Act 1958, s 322k Crimes Act 1958 (VIC).
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