Victoria Police: Report 2011 -12
Written on the 28 November 2012
I am pleased to rise to speak on the Victoria Police annual report 2011-12. As my colleague Mr Elsbury pointed out, this report goes a long way towards supporting Victoria Police right across the state. I would like to endorse the tremendous work the police undertake for the Victorian community on a daily basis. I am pleased to say that in his opening comments Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said that the focus of the police force and its core mission is to continue to deliver a 'safe, secure and orderly society for all Victorians'.
Obviously law and order was a huge platform for the coalition government coming into the last election, and as Mr Elsbury highlighted, we are on track to recruit additional police officers and the very important protective services officers (PSOs), who are doing a tremendous amount of work on our rail stations in providing increased safety to commuters. That is becoming evident. It is highlighted in this report. The report states, 'Victoria Police deployed an additional 644 front-line police across Victoria and 88 PSOs', and it is on track to continue deployment up until 2014.
There is one element that is on the increase, and that is family violence. I know that the responsible minister, the Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge, is doing an enormous amount of work on that.
It was a coalition commitment to look at that issue, and in September this year a new funding package of $16 million over four years was provided to tackle family violence by expanding services and work with agencies such as Victoria Police to ensure that our communities remain safe. Family violence is a complex issue and unfortunately those statistics have risen, but that can also be attributed to an increase in the reporting of violence. People are feeling more confident about reporting family violence and that is showing up in the statistics. I again commend Victoria Police.