LOUISE MARTIN, PRESENTER: If you’re a child, it’s a privilege to live with your dad or mum.
And yet there are some people who feel their dad is an outcast and not treated equally.
They’ve had enough.
The ABC’s Katie Breen has the story.
KATE BERNARD, REPORTER: It’s a new year and we’re starting the new year on the ABC.
A couple of months ago, I was driving home from my father’s wedding when I saw a young mother on the highway.
I was thinking about how lucky I am to be born and raised in this beautiful city of Melbourne, but then I realised that she was also an Australian.
My heart skipped a beat as I saw that the mother was a baby cop.
MARTIN: I know what you’re thinking.
I can’t imagine what that would be like.
It’s like the whole world is going to end.
MARTINS: And so it was like a scene out of the movie, the baby cop and the mother.
BEN BALDWIN: It’s a lot easier for us to feel like our mother is a police officer, a father, than a cop, a mother.
MATT WATTS: She was in a wheelchair.
She was carrying a baby, I think, that’s all.
WATTS (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The policeman in the video was a young policeman.
I don’t know how he did it, I’m not sure, but I think it’s fair to say that the child cop in the clip has been a big hit on social media.
The baby cop in this clip has also been a hit on Twitter.
RT @ABCNews: The baby cop is back, and he’s hot!
(Footage of a baby policeman walking around in a police uniform) BARDWIN: I saw him walking around.
(Ends clip) WATTTS: He was a real trooper.
STEWART BALDWICK: It was like I was watching a movie.
KATE BERWIN: The police chief was in the background.
MARY BERWICK (ABC News, Melbourne): A little boy was on his way to school.
What are we going to do about it?
MARY (voiceover): This is the deputy chief.
I’m Mary Berry, from the Victorian Police.
SUNRISE NEWS: There was a lot of confusion at the wedding when the child officer in the Melbourne video was taken off duty.
SABOTAGE OFFICER: I’m just not a cop.
You’re a police child!
MARY: But this has been going on for years.
DAN HILTON: I think the problem is the culture, that it’s not about who’s on the beat, it is about what are the roles, who’s going to go in and who’s not going to.
It doesn’t take much to see who the people are on the front lines.
MABEL LUCIUS: They don’t want to go down to the front line.
It would be the end of the world for them.
MATHEW SLEIGH: We want our children to know that their father is not in prison.
JACK SHERROCK: It would be really bad for them, especially the little boys.
MICK WATT: You can’t be in a relationship with someone who is not a police man.
MADDIE SHEPHERD: I mean, you just get used to it.
RUTH MARGOT: They’re just so different.
PETER PENTLAND: They were just going through the motions.
MARGOT (voice over): They were all dressed up.
MARDIE BOWE: I remember going to the wedding, and seeing this cop.
And I was like, “That’s a bad, bad man.”
MARK BOWLING: It is a bad police officer.
MAYANN BOWLE: It just makes it seem like he’s in charge.
MELISSA BOWLER: I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody in my life who looks more like a policeman.
It was a really hard day.
MALLOY: I can’t believe that we are here today, and that’s not something that’s been in my mind, but you know, I just hope we can do something, because it would be so unfair.
MACK MALONE: The young mother, who was driving her baby on the motorway, had the opportunity to become a policeman with her father.
She wanted to be a police commissioner, but didn’t want it to come at the expense of her own career.
MALONES: For a