EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for its failure to commit to and fund critical new police facilities and infrastructure to deal with Melbourne’s rapidly expanding population and increasing crime rate.
In my own electorate of Rowville in the 2014–15 year crime in the suburb of Scoresby fell by 34 per cent and in Rowville by 5 per cent. This significant decrease in crime followed on from four years over which the coalition government delivered a record 1900 additional police officers and 950 protective services officers. At the November state election the coalition promised another 600 new sworn police and specialist crime fighters to meet the many challenges faced by Victoria Police.
By contrast, despite the obvious challenges facing Victoria Police, the Andrews government has failed to commit to any new police anywhere in Victoria, except for 15 officers specially provided to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. There has not been one new police officer provided for the rest of Victoria for the next four years. This comes at a time when Melbourne’s population growth is the highest of any capital city in the nation, at 1.7 per cent; Police Association Victoria has forecast that by 2018 Victoria will have a critical shortage of police needed to properly resource police stations; and the increased terrorism threat has resulted in the end of single‑police patrols.
Despite these pressures, the Andrews Labor government has failed Victoria and the Victorian community. The government stands condemned for not committing to and funding new police officers and infrastructure.