The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty today welcomed a commitment by Victoria Police to maintain all of Victoria’s 99 one member police stations of which 19 are in the Lowan electorate.
“There has been some uncertainty about the future of one member police stations in communities like Merino and today’s announcement by Chief Commissioner Ken Lay provides clarity for local families,” Mr Delahunty said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to be delivering the largest ever boost to frontline police resources and a commitment by Victoria Police to one member stations will ensure smaller country towns have a police presence.
Mr Delahunty said police officers in one officer stations provided a unique service in smaller country towns as they were often actively involved in all aspects of the community activity.
“The operational policy decision by Victoria Police follows after a review of eight stations in Victoria that were currently not filled,” Mr Delahunty said.
Mr Delahunty said Victoria Police would now actively work on ways to fill vacancies in one member police stations, such as promoting the opportunities internally and having local area management working with the local community.
“In the meantime, police from nearby stations will continue to provide a service at the stations that are currently open for a limited amount of hours each week, until full time officers are recruited and allocated to them, ” Mr Delahunty said.
“Resourcing our police force at appropriate levels and providing a police presence in all communities across our state is a fundamental component of the Victorian Coalition Government’s law and order policy.
“By November 2014 the Coalition Government will invest $602 million to support the roll-out of 1,700 new frontline police to be allocated across the Victoria, 850 additional frontline police of which will be allocated by the end of June this year.
“The 2012-13 Victorian Budget also includes $56 million to upgrade or refurbish police stations and build new police stations across Victoria,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Today’s announcement by Victoria Police, on top of our budget commitments, is good news for the Lowan electorate,” Mr Delahunty said.