There’s been a change in the way we use the word “toy” in Australia, with the new toys policing.
If you were to look at the history of policing, there are a number of different words for the same thing, and in recent years, police have increasingly been using the term “toys” to refer to what we call “tactical toys”.
One of the most notable recent examples is the use of the term in the wake of the 2015 death of Tanya Collins, who was shot dead by an officer while she was handcuffed, held down, and restrained by the officer.
A coroner found that the officer had acted “carelessly and recklessly” and that Collins, despite having her hands raised and “in no danger” at the time, had been shot “without provocation”.
In April this year, Victoria Police Commissioner Mark Field announced that the term was to be dropped from police terminology altogether, in a move that has prompted much discussion.
In a speech he made at the Victorian Police Association conference, Field announced the removal of the word toy, which he said was being used in the community to describe a number ‘faux-toys’ such as “a toy gun or a toy grenade”.
“We need to remove these words and instead use ‘tactics’,” he said.
Field also told the ABC the word ‘tactic’ was being replaced with “tug-of-war”.
While this might seem like a sensible change to make, the idea of a toy police seems to have some traction among some of the police community.
“They have been using this term for a long time.
When they say ‘tough cop’, they are talking about cops,” said James, a member of the Victoria Police Association.
James said while the term toy police may have been originally used in Victoria, the word has also been used in other states including Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.
This trend is not limited to Victoria, however, with some officers in NSW have also been using a term similar to the word to refer specifically to toy cops.
While there have been no confirmed reports of anyone being shot or injured while using the word, James believes it is the right thing to do.
He said it was not until recent years that police started using the terms toy police and toy toting officer.
“The police in New South Warr is a really good example,” he said, referring to the South Australian police force.
The term “Toy Police” is used in NSW Police and Crime Commission records for cases involving toy police.
“[It] is not a term we use to refer solely to toy police,” the Crime Commission’s Victoria branch manager, Andrew McLeod, told the Daily Telegraph.
McLeod said the term could also be used to refer “any police officers who carry toy weapons”.
“If you look at some of our Toy Police officers, we are in fact using this word for them,” he explained.
For Victoria Police, McLeod said toy police meant police officers carrying toy guns, toy grenades and other tactical equipment.
‘We need more toys’ A spokeswoman for the Victoria police told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the Police Association had supported a move to remove the word from police language, but that they did not have the power to change legislation.
She said it would be up to police to decide what the term meant, and that it was unlikely it would change the way officers were trained.
However, some of Victoria’s police officers do support removing the word.
Senior Constable James McLeod told the Telegraph that the word toys is “inappropriate” in Victoria.
“We need toys for our children.
The toys need to come out,” he told the paper.
Other officers are not as enthusiastic.
Another senior police officer, Senior Constable Andrew McNeil, told news.com.au that the use “of toys” was being applied to “a whole range of different toys” which included toys that were “disappearing”.
“We can’t say anything about toys that are out there or that are on the market,” he added.
More on this story: ‘A toy police’ can be a real life nightmare for kids “It’s all about the children,” he continued.
“It’s not about policing, it’s not a toy.
It’s about getting them to understand that it’s a real thing.”
The issue of toy police is not unique to Victoria.
A number of police forces around the world have recently adopted a new phrase, toy police, that has been adopted by many of their officers.
Australian police chief superintendent Peter White told the New South Wing of Sydney station media the change was an acknowledgement that toy