“I couldn’t be happier in terms of the work I do on a daily basis,” she said in the video.
“But behind that are all my friends who are police officers, who work on the front line and suffer every day enforcing CHO directions that a majority, or certainly a large majority, do not believe. and unwilling to implement
“The consequences of being here today are that I will resign from the Victoria Police, effective at the conclusion of this interview, as the consequences of my public release will be dismissal.”
The AAP understands that Ms Mitchell resigned from Victoria Police on Friday morning, before the video was released, and she is being investigated by the Professional Standards Command.
He is currently on personal leave and will not return to work.
Ms Mitchell said she had founded a team of police officers opposed to mandatory force vaccinations and before she resigned she was working in a non-operational role as part of the Gender and Cohesion Command.
Victoria Police said Ms Mitchell’s comments “somehow” reflected the organization’s views.
“Over the past 18 months, our members have been working tirelessly to implement the Chief Health Officer’s direction aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus to keep all Victorian people healthy and save lives,” police said in a statement
“The CHO’s directions are based on health advice and set by the Victorian Government. Victoria Police cannot pick and choose what laws it enforces.
“We recognize that this has been a very difficult time for all Victorian who have to give up so much.
“We know how fragile public trust is and it’s important that people have confidence in what we’re doing.”
Liberal Victoria leader David Southwick said members of the police visited his office “in tears” at the presence of enforcement of public health guidelines.
“None of them signed up for it, it was a tough job, and I sympathize with the front line – they were forced by the Andrews Government to implement some of the toughest policies we’ve seen anywhere,” he said.
“This is not where Victoria Police members signed up.”
Assistant Treasurer Danny Pearson, who spoke at Victoria’s daily coronavirus update and recently served as Acting Police Minister while Lisa Neville was on leave, thanked Ms Mitchell for her service and postponed the question to the police commissioner.
“Our officers are doing an amazing job and I believe the community really appreciates and respects what they do, under trying and very difficult circumstances,” he told reporters.
Another protest against the lockdown is planned in Melbourne for Saturday.
Victoria Police said it supported the right for people to protest peacefully “and it hasn’t changed”.
“While now is not the time to protest due to the risk of spreading the virus and the current restrictions, Victoria Police is committed to speeding up peaceful protests in time to allow directions,” the statement said.