The Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to make Victoria safer is being realised with Victoria Police today announcing that 400 more frontline police will be allocated across the state by June 30 next year.
Acting Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said Victoria Police would allocate 125 more police in Melbourne and regional and rural Victoria by the end of December 2011.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to recruit 1,700 more frontline police and today marks an important milestone in that process,” Mr Ryan said.
“From the end of October, the first of the new police officers will take up their posts serving growing communities and rural and regional centres across the state,” Mr Ryan said.
“The cities of Frankston, Brimbank, Melbourne, Hume, Moreland and Wyndham will receive a welcome boost in police numbers, while Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Shepparton, Latrobe, Mildura and other local communities will benefit from extra police.
“Families have every right to be safe and feel safe in their homes and on the street and the Coalition Government is ensuring Victoria Police is properly resourced to undertake necessary crime deterrence and preventative measures.
“Putting more police on the beat will boost community safety and serve as a visual reminder that crime, violence and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Mr Ryan said Victoria Police had already allocated 600 additional police across Victoria since November 2010, with 450 of those part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to deploy 1,700 officers above normal attrition to make Victoria safer.
“Our police work extremely hard keeping their communities safe and these additional officers will boost their efforts in targeting local crime issues and making our roads safer,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government is also resourcing Victoria Police to recruit 940 Protective Services Officers by November 2014 to boost safety at train stations across Melbourne and major regional centres.”
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