Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has called on community groups from across Gippsland to apply for funding through the latest round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Community Safety Fund Grants - Crime Prevention Program.
Mr Ryan said community groups, as well as local government, could apply for funding worth up to $10,000 for each local crime prevention initiative.
“I encourage all community and sporting groups, as well as local government, to think innovatively about projects that will make a difference to the safety and security of our local communities,” Mr Ryan said.
“The basis of the Crime Prevention Program is for local communities to come up with their own local solutions to help prevent crime in their local area.
“Last year, the Victorian Coalition Government provided $1 million to fund 155 projects across the state, including projects in Sale, Rosedale, Golden Beach, Toora and Mirboo North.
“Locally funded projects included the installation of security alarms, fences, sensor lighting and security doors.”
Mr Ryan said funding worth up to $25,000 was also available through the Graffiti Prevention and Removal grants program and would be provided to local councils working in partnership with the community.
Further information on the Community Safety Fund Grants - Crime Prevention Program can be found online, at www.justice.vic.gov.au/communitycrimeprevention.
Application for the latest funding round close at 5pm on Friday 31 August 2012.
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Tuesday 28 June 2011
New laws introduced into Parliament this week will make travelling on public transport at night safer under the Victorian Coalition Government’s promise to deploy 940 Protective Services Officers (PSOs) on all metropolitan and major regional train stations from 6pm until the last train, every day of the year.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Peter Ryan said the Justice Legislation Amendment (Protective Services Officers) Bill 2011 would give PSOs the powers they needed to reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour in and around train stations.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to stop crime in its tracks with the introduction of a comprehensive bill to enhance safety on the rail network,” Mr Ryan said.
“As part of these critical reforms, Victoria Police is proposing to extend the training for PSOs deployed to the rail network from the existing nine week program to 12 weeks.
“The extended 12 week training program will include ‘on the job’ training at inner city rail stations to strengthen the skills of PSOs.”
Mr Ryan said PSOs would continue to undertake the same Operational Tactics and Safety (OTS) Training as police, which included the same firearms training and defensive skills training, and that refresher OTS Training would be required every six months.
“PSOs won’t have all the powers police have but this bill will ensure they are able to curb crime, violence and anti-social behaviour by having the power to apprehend, detain, arrest, remove or impede any offenders or threatening individuals,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said the deployment of PSOs would be determined by Police Command in consultation with the Department of Justice, the Department of Transport and the Coalition Government.
“Victoria Police will be able to take into consideration operational requirements and, in consultation with relevant authorities, deploy two PSOs to each railway station across the metropolitan area and at major regional centres,” Mr Ryan said.
The Coalition Government is providing $212 million to recruit and train 940 PSOs by November 2014.
A recruitment drive to attract people to fill the new positions will begin following passage of the bill through Parliament.
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The Victorian Coalition Government is investing $17.8 million in the Victoria Police Academy to ensure Victoria Police can recruit and train 1,700 extra frontline police and 940 Protective Service Officers (PSOs) by November 2014.
During a tour of the facility at Glen Waverly today, Minister for Police Peter Ryan said the Academy would undergo major upgrades to meet the Coalition Government’s election commitment.
“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Victoria Police has the resources it needs to recruit and train the right people to join the fight against crime, violence and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Ryan said.
The $17.8 million budget boost includes $14.9 million for upgrades to the academy,
$2.4 million to meet increased operating costs and $500,000 to fund the master plan.
“The recruitment and training of quality police officers and PSOs is integral to the Coalition Government’s commitment to make Victoria safer and I’m pleased to announce additional funding for Victoria Police to make that happen,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said today’s announcement was on top of $10 million for works which were already underway at the academy and expected to be completed next month.
Current works include:
Mr Ryan said Labor’s soft-on-crime approach during the past 11 years had seen violent crime in Victoria increase by 45 per cent and assaults escalate by 75 per cent.“Victoria has had the fewest frontline police per person and spent less on police resourcing per person than any other state in Australia and it is the Coalition Government’s objective to reduce those figures in the shortest timeframe possible,” Mr Ryan said.
The Brumby Government is failing to meet its own crime reduction standards and Victorians are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with police services, according to the Department of Justice Annual Report tabled this week in Parliament.
Shadow Minister for Police and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said years of chronic under-resourcing of Victoria Police had seen John Brumby once again fail to meet a number of policing services benchmarks.
“The Brumby Government failed to meet its two per cent reduction target for crimes against the person in 2009–10, with crimes actually increasing by nearly three per cent in the past year,” Mr Ryan said.
“Victorian police have suffered from a lack of financial support and resourcing by the Brumby Government for nearly 11 years and crime and violence in Victoria are now at dangerous levels.”
Mr Ryan said consistent Brumby Government neglect had also seen a drop in people’s satisfaction levels.
“The 2009–10 Justice Annual Report shows that Premier John Brumby and Police Minister Bob Cameron fell three per cent short of achieving their 69 per cent target rate for the ‘proportion of the community satisfied with policing services’,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said Victoria Police were a proud and strong force and officers should not have to put up with a government that had ignored their needs for far too long.
“Violent crime is at record levels yet Victoria spends the least per person of any state in Australia on policing and the number of police per person in Victoria has been decreasing each year since 2006/2007,” Mr Ryan said.
“In the past 11 years under Labor, violent crime has increased almost 45 per cent, and assaults have soared by 76 per cent.
“Victorians should be able to feel safe but a chronic lack of support by John Brumby has seen satisfaction with policing services decrease in recent years.”