Mr Wells (Rowville)
This members statement thanks the people of the Rowville electorate for their overwhelming response to my survey regarding police and community safety. The Liberal-Nationals policy to place police shopfronts at 12 major shopping centres, including Knox City, has been very well-received. The survey comments show huge frustration with Labor’s apathy towards community safety. People are full of admiration and respect for the difficult work the police do, but they talk about never seeing police on patrol, of waiting hours for police to attend and when they report their homes being broken into going to the police station and finding it shut, or those cases being referred to another station because of workload issues, and also of struggling to have breaches of intervention orders looked at.
It does not have to be this way. The coalition government added an extra 30 full-time police positions in division 2, eastern region, which includes the Knox and Rowville police stations — a 7 per cent increase in police numbers from 2010 to 2014. Labor’s only solution to crime in Knox is a bicycle patrol around Knox City Shopping Centre. No wonder people are frustrated and no wonder people feel dismissed.
The Premier and his weak Labor government have simply failed to deliver enough police, and under Labor’s watch the worst violent crimes have increased the most. In the last three and a half years Victoria has received only half of the 1895 extra police and 968 extra protective services officers that the Liberal-National coalition delivered. Safety is not a priority for the Premier, and the Victorian community knows it.