Victoria Minister for Police Lisa Neville
Frontline Police Numbers Keep Climbing
Victor P Taffa
There are more sworn Police officers in Victoria in every region across the state since the Andrews Government came to power, according to the latest Victoria Police staffing report released today.
This is before another 300 Police officers start to hit the street next month as the State Government continues its record investment to keep Victorians safe.
An extra 390 Police have joined the force since the government came into power, with 13,525 Full Time Equivalent Police officers now employed across the state.
“Numbers of Victoria Police are on the rise since the election of this Government and they are set to grow even further following our record investment in the Police force.” Minister for Police Lisa Neville said.
“We have been clear that we will give Victoria Police the resources and the laws they need to tackle crime and that’s exactly what we are doing, with the recruitment of an additional 3,315 new Police and record funding for new state-of-the-art equipment.”
Of these, an extra 56 Police have been employed since December 2016, and the number of recruits has more than doubled over this time, according to the latest Victoria Police employment figures for March 2017.
Police Custody Officer numbers are also on the rise, with 287 PCO’s now working in Police cells in stations, releasing sworn officers from custody duties back to the frontline.
Since its introduction, the number of Police officers performing custody shifts has decreased by almost 80 % at the 22 Police stations where PCO’s are deployed.
Almost 200 extra Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have come on board since December 2014, with 1,314 PSO’s carrying out patrols and a further 38 in training. These PSO’s have freed up more than 47,000 shifts for Police officers, allowing Police to spend more time on the street and doing specialised work.
In December, the Andrews Government announced a $2 Billion package to give Victoria Police the resources, powers and laws it needs to keep our state safe. The State Government is also on track to recruit, train and employ 400 Protective Custody Officers by the end of 2017, with 22 recruits in training.
Victoria Police Academy will continue to run at capacity over the coming years, delivering on the Community Safety Statement which includes a commitment to recruit and deploy 3,135 new Police on top of normal recruitment over 5 years.