VicPD missing gear case has gone cold

Crowd management equipment discovered missing in February still not found


That’s where all roads of investigation have led VicPD in the case of the missing gear.

While the case remains open “all the tips have run their course,” said Const. Mike Russell. “We’re not closing the case, but there’s no further way we can proceed.”

VicPD started an investigation after gear belonging to the department’s Crowd Management Unit was discovered missing in February.

Missing items include tear gas canisters, pepper ball guns and ammunition, ARWEN rounds (a hard plastic baton used for crowd dispersal), several tactical vests and a Remington shotgun, which police use to fire non-lethal rounds.

As well, the department’s professional standards section continues to conduct a review of policy and practices into inventory management.

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