Construction Begins On $16.3 Million Somerville Police Station

• Minister Kim Wells turns the first sod at site of new $16.3 million police station in Somerville
• Victoria Coalition Government boosting emergency response capability on Mornington Peninsula
• Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today turned the first sod at the construction site of the new $16.3 million Somerville Police Station.

Mr Wells, joined by Member for Hastings Neale Burgess, said the new police station would boost the emergency response capability, help reduce crime and improve community safety on the Mornington Peninsula.

“The police station will provide a 24-hour police response that will allow quicker responses to incidents and meet the needs of a growing population across the region,” Mr Wells said.

“The new facility is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to improve police facilities across the state, as we deliver an additional 1,700 police to Victorian streets by November 2014.”

Mr Burgess said the police station is designed to accommodate up to 150 staff and allows for expansion of police numbers in the future.

“Southern Region Division 4, which services areas including Somerville, has been allocated an additional 109 police officers since the Coalition Government came to office, increasing community protection for our region,” Mr Burgess said.

The station will include a uniform branch, highway patrol and a crime scene unit.

It will also feature public consultation and interview rooms, a mess room, change rooms, a gymnasium, short-term custodial holding rooms, administration areas and conference room facilities that can be adapted for emergency management.

Construction on the facility is expected to be completed in March 2015.

Mr Wells said the Coalition Government had provided $119.9 million over three budgets for new and upgraded police stations and facilities across the state.

“More than 1,200 extra police are now protecting the community than when we were elected in November 2010,” Mr Wells said.

“This represents the largest single law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.”

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