Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today turned the first sod at the construction site of the new $12 million police station in Forest Hill.
Mr Wells, joined by Local Member for Forest Hill Neil Angus, said the new station would help reduce crime and boost the emergency response capability in the area.
“The new Forest Hill police station will provide a 24-hour police presence that will allow quicker responses to incidents,” Mr Wells said.
The upgraded facilities will support police in their efforts to tackle all types of crime including graffiti and other antisocial behaviour in the area, and will supplement the service already provided by the nearby Nunawading and Ringwood 24-hour police stations.
“The new police station is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to improve police facilities across the state,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the new police station has been designed to accommodate 100 staff, allowing for the initial deployment of police personnel and enabling expansion of police numbers over the coming years.
“Already 26 extra police have been allocated to the Eastern Region, Division 1, since the Coalition Government came to office,” Mr Wells said.
The new station will include a uniform branch, sexual offences and child abuse unit, a proactive programs unit and accommodate the divisional superintendent and divisional information unit.
It will also feature public consultation and interview rooms, a mess room, change rooms, short-term custodial holding rooms, administration areas, conference facilities that could be adapted for emergency management purposes and rainwater harvesting facilities.
Construction of the new station is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Mr Angus welcomed the construction of the new police station for the local community.
“This great new facility will be very well received in the local area,” Mr Angus said.
“The Coalition Government has invested $119.9 million over three budgets for new and upgraded police stations across the state and we will continue to deliver on our community safety agenda,” Mr Wells said.
“This is in addition to our commitment to deliver an additional 1,700 frontline police and 940 PSOs by November 2014, representing the largest single law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.”
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