Andrews government promises no extra police for Victoria

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

MEMBERS STATEMENTS

Police numbers

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for its failure to commit at the 2014 state election to additional police numbers. Unlike the coalition government, which during the campaign promised significant extra police resources in addition to exceeding its 2010 commitments by delivering 1900 extra police and 950 protective services officers during its term, the then Andrews opposition committed to not one net additional police member.

The recently released crime statistics for 2014 demonstrate the clear benefits of having additional police members on the front line protecting the Victorian community. In my police service area of Knox, whilst it is concerning that overall crime was up 3.5 per cent, an analysis of the statistics reveal why it was up, as well as the benefits of extra police on the beat. Drug offences are largely detected crimes, not reported crimes, so additional police out on the streets usually means increased drug offences being detected. This was the case with drug offences in Knox, which were up 22.7 per cent. Likewise, there are now substantially more police available to respond to family violence incidents and to investigate and charge offenders for breaches of orders pertaining to family violence. Family violence incidents were up 6.3 per cent in Knox whilst justice procedures offences — largely offences relating to breaches of orders — were up a massive 123 per cent.

The Andrews government must demonstrate to the Victorian community that it is not going soft on law and order and commit to additional police numbers in the forthcoming May budget.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.