“The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to make Victoria safer with 21 new front line police to be allocated across the two cities of Glen Eira and Port Phillip by June 30,” David Southwick said today.
David Southwick said Caulfield was included in the 46 Police Service Areas (PSAs) across the state identified by Victoria Police as needing additional resources to tackle violent crime and anti-social behaviour.
“11 years of neglect by the former Labor Government has left Victoria with the fewest frontline police per person and the least spending on police resourcing per person than any other state in Australia,” David Southwick said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to reversing Labor’s appalling legacy and making Victoria safer.
“Today’s announcement proves we’re getting on with the job of delivering 1,700 more police during our first term of government.”
David Southwick said he was fiercely committed to improving law and order in Caulfield which is why he had campaigned strongly for more police on local streets.
“Graffiti and community safety are real problems,” David said.
David said today’s announcement by Victoria Police would be followed by the rollout of further police during the next four years.
“Victoria Police is best placed to decide where to allocate resources, based on their analysis of where the highest demand is for new members.
“The demand-based model that Victoria Police uses considers factors such as population, crime to population ratio and the level of road accidents to population ratio.”
David Southwick said the allocation model formed part of Victoria Police’s Building Operational Capacity and Capability project, which would deploy the 1,700 new recruits effectively during the next four years.
“The project will be reviewed and tested every year to make sure resources are being allocated effectively and accurately reflect the demand for police services across the state,” he said.