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Regional Victorians’ safety comes second under Daniel Andrews

New Police figures released today by the Victorian Police Association highlights that contraryto Labor’s rhetoric, regional Victorians are not getting their fair share of new policeresources under Daniel Andrews.

The Victorian Police Association has today stated that of the 900 new Police allocated over the past 3 years, only 77 officers have gone to regional Victoria (around 8.6%.)

With recent examples of Police not having the resources to respond to a home invasion in Apollo Bay or keep their doors open at the Gisborne Police Station, this paltry allocation of new officers simply isn’t good enough.

Furthermore, with Victoria’s rural road toll currently 80% higher than last year – fewer police numbers in the regions means less road policing and safety just when Victoria needs it the most.

When it comes to the safety of regional Victorians, Daniel Andrews has left local Police and local communities to fend for themselves.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, David Southwick:

“Victoria’s regional police work hard to keep their communities safe but aren’t getting the support they deserve from the Andrews Labor Government.

Daniel Andrews needs to look beyond Melbourne, wake up to the need of regionalcommunities and ensure they get their fair share of police resources.”

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