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According to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, your police force has fined only 2,000 people for COVID-19 violations in nearly a year, compared to 40,000 violation notifications from the Victoria Police.

“I think we’ve … taken an extremely fair approach to the community,” he said, in an effort to explain why New South Wales had emitted only five percent of the Victorian total.

Mounted police patrol a nearly empty Bondi Beach and talk to people about New South Wales' social distancing laws.
Mounted police patrol a nearly empty Bondi Beach and talk to people about New South Wales’ social distancing laws. (AAP)

“We are not taking an offensive approach to this every time, we are working with the community.”

Fuller believed that the low number of fines could also be attributed to people “having confidence” in the health orders and clear messages from Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

“When the prime minister stands up and says people need to wear masks … most people do,” Fuller told Ben Fordham on 2GB.

Last year, Victoria was hit hard by a second wave of the coronavirus, causing hundreds of deaths and throwing Melbourne and the state into another lengthy lockdown.

Although Fuller spoke of his force’s impartial approach to controlling restrictions, he said there was still a zero-tolerance approach when it was needed.

Footage from partygoers showed hundreds of people dancing and gathering on Sunday night despite current public health orders prohibiting more than 30 people in a group outdoors.

“The police will take action,” Fuller said.

“We need to take these kinds of infractions seriously.”

“If we don’t take those kinds of complaints seriously, we will get complacency in the community, people will not wear masks, they will not do the right thing.”

Clareville Beach Police in North Sydney make sure crowd limits are within the guidelines for coronavirus restrictions in the city.
Clareville Beach Police in North Sydney make sure crowd limits are within the guidelines for coronavirus restrictions in the city. (SMH)
Hundreds of partygoers gathered in North Bondi have been filmed.
Hundreds of partygoers gathered in North Bondi have been filmed. (Nine)

Since the pandemic began nearly 12 months ago, the New South Wales Police have helped process more than 120,000 people through hotel quarantine in the state.

This week, Victoria Police fines stood out after it was reported that thousands of tickets issued against those who violate coronavirus rules would be canceled.

But yesterday the Victoria Police clarified that this was not the case, and that confusion had arisen over a “poorly written” internal memorandum, and that the pending fines would still be pursued.

Victoria’s Deputy Police Commissioner Nugent said around 40,000 COVID-related fines had been issued in Victoria.

Nugent said that less than 10 percent of those fined had paid so far.


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