Oakleigh Police Station receives $316K upgrade
Written on the 25 June 2014
I joined the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Kim Wells and Oakleigh police officers at the station recently to inspect the refurbishment of facilities including female locker rooms which have been extended to accommodate increased numbers. The upgrades are ahead of schedule.
Oakleigh was earmarked for extra front line police and 100 new PSOs. Recruitment has begun with the first 25. The station is preparing for a larger number of women in this recruitment.
As part of the extensive renovations, there are extra locker rooms available for new front line police and PSOs, the equipment issue area has been expanded and other small scale improvements are being made.
The works are part of an infrastructure program that will see more than 100 police stations upgraded, including works at Oakleigh Police Station.
Police stations around the state are undergoing $56 million in upgrades and refurbishments to accommodate an additional 1,700 police officers and 940 Protective Services Officers by 2014.
The upgrade at Oakleigh will enhance the ability of Police to continue to target crime in the area. PSOs have been a great success in enhancing commuter safety and protection. They are also freeing up valuable police resources with their presence on railway stations. Two crews of PSOs are operating out of the Oakleigh police station and they are patrolling railway stations within the Oakleigh electorate. I welcome this investment in community safety.
The Coalition Government has funded new and upgraded police stations across the state through successive budgets, providing $33.5 million in 2011-12, $20.7 million in 2012-13 and most recently $31.8 million in the 2013-14 Budget.
The Victorian Coalition has made an unprecedented investment in law and order.