No police stations will close under a Napthine Government (11.08.2014)

Written on the 11 August 2014

  • It’s a promise we made, it’s a promise we will keep
  • More than $200 million spent on station upgrades
  • 1,700 more police officers, 1,036 PSOs building a safer and better Victoria

 

The Napthine Government has spelt it out for Victorians once and for all; no police stations will close on its watch.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today described speculation on closures in Monash and other areas as completely baseless.
“Our commitment is that no police stations will close. The Napthine Government is honouring that promise – we cannot be any clearer than that.
“We are not shutting stations; we are investing in our police force and infrastructure under a record police budget of $2.43 billion dollars in 2014-15,” Mr Wells said
Mr Wells said $1.5 million had been spent on upgrading Mount Waverley police station, while more than $300,000 had been spent on Oakleigh police station.
“Since coming to office, the Victorian Coalition Government has provided $253.3 million for new and upgraded police stations and facilities across the state and we will continue to deliver on our community safety agenda.”

 

This includes:

  • A new $15.6 million police station and SES complex in Waurn Ponds
  • $14.4 million for the construction of a new 24-hour Echuca Police Station;
  • $8.4 million to build a police station and emergency services hub in Ballarat’s booming west;
  • A $12 million police station in Forest Hill; and
  • An $18 million Operational Tactics and Safety Training Facility (OTST).
  • $17.8 million Police Academy upgrade

Mr Wells said there had been recently completed upgrades at Wodonga, Carrum Downs, Cheltenham, Morwell, Corio and Frankston police stations. Broadmeadows, Wyndham North,
Craigieburn and Chelsea police station upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of August.

 

Last month Mr Wells announced the Napthine Government had fulfilled its commitment of an extra 1,700 frontline police, well ahead of schedule.
“We have employed more than the promised 1,700 police officers and are on our way to employing 940 PSOs by November with a further 96 to be recruited. Both key election promises kept,” Mr Wells said.
“There are no frontline police losses, only an increase in numbers across the force.”

 

  • Southern Metropolitan Region: 219 more police or a 12.8 per cent increase (includes Stonnington, Casey, Dandenong, Frankston and other municipalities in southern metropolitan Melbourne)
  • Western Region: 239 more police or a 14.4 per cent increase (includes Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool and other parts of North West and Western Victoria)
  • North West Metro Region: 291 more police or a 11.9 per cent increase (includes Yarra, Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Hume, Whittlesea and other municipalities in northern and western Melbourne)
  • Eastern Region: 202 more police or a 9.3 per cent increase (includes Gippsland, Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Wodonga and other parts of eastern and north eastern Victoria as well as north eastern metropolitan areas).


Mr Wells said it would be irresponsible of a government or police force to ignore the future needs of any area in Victoria.
“The Napthine Government will not close any police stations, that is the commitment we made and we are standing by it,” Mr Wells said.

 


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