Police Numbers Improve

Police Numbers Improve

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan

Victoria Making Inroads In Law And Order

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Coalition Government is already achieving results at the national level as part of its commitment to make Victoria safer by recruiting a record number of Police, Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said today.

“The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2011 shows that Victoria no longer has the lowest number of frontline Police per person than any other state in Australia.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Victoria is not bottom of table for the first time in at least six years but it will take time to turn around 11 years of neglect by the former Labor Government which saw Victoria to be the worst state in Australia for Police numbers and Police resources per person.

“The Coalition Government is pleased to see the tide is turning after we allocated $602 Million last year to fund 1,700 additional frontline Police by November 2014.

“Victoria Police will have allocated an extra 850 frontline Police by June 2012 which means the Coalition Government will soon be halfway in delivering on our election commitment.”

Mr. Ryan the Coalition Government’s successful Police Enterprise Bargaining Agreement would also directly contribute to improved community safety, better operational Policing outcomes and significant efficiencies in the force.

“Law and order continues to be a top priority of this Government as we work closely with Victoria Police to reverse Labor’s soft-on-crime approach.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said the Coalition Government’s commitment to recruit and train 940 Victoria Police Protective Services Officers (PSOs) by November 2014 at a cost of $212 Million would help address perceptions of safety on public transport at night, which was still concerning.

“Training of 940 PSOs has begun with the first round of recruits to be deployed at railway stations from 6 pm until last train from next month to help reduce crime, violence and antisocial behaviour in and around railway stations.” Mr. Ryan said.