- Deputy Premier inspects works at site of new Sale Police Station
- New station on track to be complete by March next year
- Coalition Government to roll-out Tasers to six Gippsland police stations
Construction of the new Sale Police Station is on-track to be completed by March next year, Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said today.
Mr Ryan joined Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien today to inspect the site of the new Sale Police Station, which is being built thanks to an $18.2 million Victorian Coalition Government investment.
“Development at the site has moved ahead over the past month, with significant works having now been completed,” Mr Ryan said.
“The concrete slab has been poured, prefabricated steel police cells have been installed and cranes are currently on-site to position the structural steel.
“Works have so far proceeded without delay or incident, meaning we are on-track to deliver this project by March next year.”
Mr Ryan said the new station would provide accommodation for a uniform branch, criminal investigation unit, highway patrol, police prosecutors, sexual offences and child abuse investigation team, and the Police Service Area Commander.
During today’s inspection, Mr Ryan also welcomed the announcement that six Gippsland police stations, including Sale, would be included as part of the Coalition Government’s $13.5 million roll-out of Tasers to all 24 hour police stations across regional Victoria.
“The Coalition Government is providing funding to roll-out 580 new Tasers to 29 regional areas including police stations at Sale, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Warragul,” Mr Ryan said.
“Tasers will be provided to officers on two-person general duties, highway patrol, special operations groups and critical incident response teams.
“The roll-out follows successful trials which have been carried-out in six major regional centres, including Bendigo, Morwell, Traralgon, Moe, Geelong and Ballarat.”
Mr O’Brien also welcomed the Coalition Government’s Taser announcement and said the roll-out was a major investment in community safety right across Gippsland.
“Gippsland police are required to respond to violent and dangerous situations involving people who are affected by drugs or alcohol, or who are at risk of causing harm to police, the local community or themselves,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This $13.5 million investment will provide Gippsland police officers with an alternative to firearms, helping them to manage complex situations and minimise the risk of serious injury or death.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the Coalition Government was investing record levels of funding in Victoria Police, enabling them to keep communities safer.
“The Coalition Government is on track to fulfilling its commitment to deliver 1700 additional frontline police by November this year at a cost of $602 million, the single largest law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history," Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the use of Tasers was subject to stringent Victoria Police controls, which include the review of all incidents where a Taser has been used. Police officers will be required to undertake training to ensure weapons are used correctly.
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