New Mernda Police Station Opened By Minister

New Mernda Police Station Opened By Minister

Victoria Minister for Police Lisa Neville

New Mernda Police Station Officially Open

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is ensuring Police have the state-of-the-art facilities they need to keep Victorians safe with the new $15 Million Mernda Police Station officially opening its doors today.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green joined Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today to officially open the 24-hour station, which will provide round-the-clock counter service and patrols to help tackle crime and improve safety across the Mernda area.

 

“This state-of-the-art facility will ensure our Police officers have the facilities they need to reduce crime and the community has a 24-hour Police response across the Whittlesea region.” Minister for Police Lisa Neville said.

“We’ve listened to Victoria Police and given them the facilities they need we’re focused on delivering a modern Police force that has the laws, powers and resources it needs to keep the community safe.”

Station development was funded in the Victorian Budget 2015/16 and has been operational since November last year.

Mernda Police Station facility includes:

  • Conference rooms,
  • Discrete public consultation facilities,
  • High-level security,
  • New staff facilities,
  • Public entrance and foyer,
  • Specially designed interview rooms.

Station houses:

  • Aboriginal Liaison Officer,
  • Family Violence Unit,
  • Other staff,
  • Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team,
  • Uniform Police officers.

State Government is delivering the single biggest funding boost in the history of the force, with more than $2 Billion to recruit thousands more Police, upgrade and build new Police stations, and deliver a more efficient and stronger Police force.

Whittlesea region has been allocated 45 of the first 300 new Police officers, as part of the Government’s commitment to deploy 3,135 new Police over 5 years on top of attrition.

“Community called for a new Police station in Mernda, and the Andrews Government has delivered.” Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said.

“This station puts the Police in the heart of our community, and has the capacity to grow as our community does.”

Massive boost to Police resources comes on top of:

  • Expanded air wing,
  • High-tech automatic number plate recognition technology for all highway patrol cars,
  • Mobile technology,
  • New and upgraded Police stations,
  • New Police powers,
  • New Police training facility.

This investment is already having an impact, with a 2.5 % decrease in the number of offences in the Whittlesea Local Government Area in the year ending September 2017.