Local streets may soon be safer, with more police set for Victoria’s north-east.
An additional 33 police officers above attrition are due to hit the beat throughout the next year, as part of the Victorian Government’s boost to police resources.
These new police officers include an extra 20 allocated to police stations in the north-east as specialist family violence roles, freeing up other police to deal with other crime.
It also includes parental leave backfill positions.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Police Lisa Neville recently joined Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to announce the allocation of the next 825 new police — part of the biggest recruitment effort in Victoria Police’s 165-year history.
From next month, this next allocation of more than 3000 new police will start to be deployed to communities across Victoria, with all new police officers on the beat by April next year.
The new police officers have been allocated to communities based on Victoria Police’s Staffing Allocation Model, which examines key data to ensure local communities have the police they need.
‘‘The safety of our local community is key and we’ve listened to police to give them everything they need — the resources, the technology and the powers — to keep the community safe,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘Our communities in the north-east can expect to see more police on the street, more proactive patrols and even stronger enforcement in the next 12 months.
‘‘This is another major community safety boost for Victoria’s north-east with an extra 33 officers to hit the beat in the next year as part of our record funding for police.’’
The resourcing boost is part of the Victorian Government’s community safety statement, which is underpinned by a record $2billion investment that is giving police the resources, powers and laws it needs to keep the state safe.
According to the Victorian Government, the record investment in police and community safety is already making a difference, with crime decreasing for two consecutive quarters — and the most recent data from the independent crime statistics agency showing the biggest drop in the crime rate in more than 10 years.