1. Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay resigns
By ABC NEWS
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has announced he is standing down, three years after taking on the role.
Mr Lay made the decision to stand down to support his wife, who is facing an illness that requires treatment over the next 12 months.
“Being Chief Commissioner is an exhaustive job. It requires absolute focus, commitment and energy for 365 days a year,” he said at a press conference this morning.
“I simply cannot invest that energy at the moment.”
Mr Lay said he had been considering his decision for the past six months.
“My decision has not been made lightly but I believe it has been made for all the right reasons,” he said.
After coming to the top job in June 2011, Mr Lay developed a blueprint to change the strategic direction of policing in Victoria.
“The 50s and 60s were wonderful decades, but if we think we can use the same geographical model of policing 65 years on, we are putting our heads in the sand and we will do the community harm in the process,” he said.
“This change may well be uncomfortable for governments, the community and our organisation at first but I believe it is the right thing to do.”
Mr Lay said his proudest achievement was helping to drive a change in community attitudes towards violence against women and children.
It prompted the State Government to announce a royal commission into family violence.
“These complex, yet cowardly crimes wreak untold havoc on our society,” Mr Lay said.
“They ruin lives and they are overwhelming our justice system.”
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