Coalition Government Invests $2.5 Million In Victoria Police For System Improvements

• Victorian Coalition Government has moved quickly to invest $2.5 million in Victoria Police for system improvements
• Additional funding will streamline processes and ensure warrants are available to all police within two to four days of issue
• Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

A $2.5 million investment in Victoria Police resources and processes will ensure warrants will be available to all police electronically within one to four days of their issue, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells announced today.

“Currently, information about warrants to arrest a person takes longer than two weeks to reach police,” Mr Wells said.

“We cannot have a situation where warrants for serious crimes are issued against a person but most police don’t know about them.

“That is why the Victorian Coalition Government has moved quickly to make available $2.5 million to Victoria Police for system improvements.

“In response to a request from the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, the Coalition Government is pleased to provide funding that will significantly streamline processes related to arrest warrants.”

Mr Wells said the improvements would reduce the time it takes for a warrant to appear on the police Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) which is available to all police.

Previously, when a warrant to arrest was issued by the courts or a warrant issued by police it was sent to a dedicated police officer to execute. That police officer had two weeks to execute the warrant before it was entered into databases available to all police.

The new model will be in operation from 1 April and will apply to arrest warrants issued by courts as well as ‘fail to appear’ and bail warrants initiated by police.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Victoria Police are provided with the support and resources necessary to ensure community safety,” Mr Wells said.

“In addition to this funding, the Coalition provided $23.3 million in the 2013-14 Budget for the Police Information Process and Practice (PIPP) reform program. This program addresses immediate issues around the performance of core Victoria Police information systems and will enable commencement of planning longer term reforms to systems and processes.

“The Coalition Government will continue to do all it can to close the loopholes that frustrate police in their efforts to keep Victorians safe.”