Police use camouflage to catch speeders
Officers use camouflage to book drivers in the Dandenong Ranges, Baw Baw, Latrobe and Surf Coast regions in a bid to stop speeding.PT1M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2e8mt 620 349 February 11, 2013
Police say more officers may wear camouflage to book speeding drivers as the existing operation has reduced the number of motorcycle crashes.
Officers have been using camouflage for about five years to book drivers in the Dandenong Ranges, and have also used the measure in the Baw Baw, Latrobe and Surf Coast regions.
Drivers are detected on a radar used by a camouflaged officer, who then contacts a colleague in a vehicle further down the road to intercept the offender.
Acting Superintendent Mick West said motorcycle accidents in the Dandenong region had reduced by about 48 per cent since police had targeted popular roads such as those near the Black Spur. Traditional speed detection methods could not be used because of terrain in the area, he said.
"Any initiative we can adapt that's going to reduce the trauma and death, Victoria Police will trial," he said.
Acting Superintendent West said radar could be used by camouflaged police in other areas, such as Melbourne's CBD, by using parks for disguise.