Election Commitment For More Police Begins

Election Commitment For More Police Begins

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Police Peter Ryan

600 Additional Frontline Police To Make Victoria Safer

Victor P Taffa

Melbourne Streets and Regional and Rural communities will be made safer as 600 more Police Officers are allocated across the state by June 30.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Peter Ryan said the Coalition Government’s pledge to reverse the culture of violent crime and anti-social behaviour that pervaded our streets under Labor would see more frontline police protecting local communities.

“The allocation of more Police across 46 Police Service Areas by June 30 is the first stage of the State Government’s commitment to deliver 1,700 more Police over four years.” Mr. Ryan said.

 

Mr. Ryan said the Coalition had today also delivered on a key election commitment with the allocation of 100 additional Police to the Transit Safety Division.

“Commuters can have more confidence riding the public transport network with a greater Police presence on Trains, Trams and Buses expected within weeks.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said Victoria Police would continue to allocate more frontline Police in Metropolitan and Regional communities as the Coalition Government delivered on its promise to better protect Victorian families.

“More Police on the streets in Ballarat, Frankston, Brimbank, Latrobe and Casey, as well as other crime hotspots, is good news for Victorians.” Mr. Ryan said.

“On Sunday I was at the Glen Waverley Police Academy to launch the latest recruitment drive to ensure Victoria Police has a regular intake of passionate, driven individuals who want to serve and protect their community.”

After 11 years of neglect by the former Labor Government, Victoria had the fewest frontline Police per person and spent less on Police resourcing per person than any other state in Australia.

“Our Police do a remarkable job but under Labor, Victoria Police was chronically under-funded and Police Resources were stretched.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said Victoria Police Command had allocated the 600 new frontline positions to the Police Service Areas based on priority needs.

“Of the 600 positions allocated, 450 will be new recruits while 150 officers will be redeployed to the front line.” Mr. Ryan said.

The 600 new frontline positions will be allocated across four regions, with 140 to the North Western Metro region, 66 to the Eastern Region, 107 to the Southern Metro Region and 72 to the Western Region.

“Victoria Police is best placed to decide where to allocate these resources, based on their analysis of where the highest demand is for new members.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The demand-based model that Victoria Police uses considers factors such as population, the crime to population ratio and the level of road accidents to population ratio.”

Mr. Ryan said the allocation model formed part of Victoria Police’s Building Operational Capacity and Capability project, which would deploy the 1,700 new recruits effectively during the next four years.

“The Project will be reviewed and tested every year to make sure resources are being allocated effectively and that they accurately reflect the demand for Police services across the state.

“Although not every Police Service Area has received extra Police under today’s allocation by Victoria Police, the Coalition’s promise of 1,700 new Police recruits over four years will ensure all Regional and Rural communities benefit from the Government’s commitment to make Victoria safer.” Mr. Ryan said.