A team of Naval Police Coxswains have combined forces with officers of the Victoria Police to carry out a road safety operation at HMAS Cerberus.
Operation ADIONA was named for the Roman goddess of travel and safe return and brought together Navy members of the Military Police and Victorian police of the Highway Patrol unit. The team conducted roadside breath testing, mobile drug testing of both Defence members and civilians entering Cerberus as well as registration and roadworthiness checks.
Senior Naval Police Coxswain at HMAS Cerberus, Warrant Officer Darren Lonergan said Operation ADIONA strengthened the relationship between the Military Police and Victoria Police in many practical ways and will be followed by more joint operations.
“Working alongside our colleagues from the local civilian police gives our Naval Police Coxswains valuable exposure to state policing duties and allows both sides to share knowledge and skills.
“Operation ADIONA allowed us to exercise our respective responsibilities for alcohol and drug testing of military and non-military motorists, and helped us assess how we might be able to use the same Mobile Vehicle Registration Units as Victoria Police to enhance capability within Cerberus.
“Just as civilian police maintain an active and familiar presence in a community; our Military Police will continue a program of community focussed proactive policing geared towards boosting road safety on the Mornington Peninsula, which so many Defence members call home,” Warrant Officer Lonergan said.
Warrant Officer Lonergan was pleased with the operation yielding no drug or alcohol offences and only several expired vehicle registrations along with one non-environmental noise compliant motorcycle across all Defence members and civilians stopped.
Operation ADIONA will be followed by further joint policing activities in Hastings, Mornington and Frankston.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus Captain Tim Standen said it was vital that civilian and military police interoperate in areas with strong Defence populations.
“HMAS Cerberus is part of the Mornington Peninsula and our people are part of communities along the coast.
“It’s crucial that our Naval Police Coxswains, Military Police and Victoria Police can work together, know each other’s remits and pool resources to keep military members, Defence civilians and the wider community safe as we live and work together across the Mornington Peninsula,” Captain Standen said.