LABOR’S COMMUNITY SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

LABOR’S COMMUNITY SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, News

Member for Clayton Hong Lim today welcomed the record number of frontline police on Victoria’s streets, trains and trams to be delivered under a future Brumby Labor Government.

Mr Lim said Labor would also upgrade police training facilities, provide more technology and police equipment and a more accessible court system.

“Labor’s community safety announcement will  build on our Government’s funding of the biggest police numbers boost in the State’s history,” Mr Lim said.

“You cannot compromise on community safety, and the Brumby Labor Government has already begun delivering a further 1,966 frontline police officers..

“We’re building on that record investment with an additional 100 new transit police to ensure people travelling on our trains and trams feel safe.”

Mr Lim said Labor had a proud record of delivering on its promises – boosting frontline police by almost 2000, building or rebuilding 160 stations and residences across the state, and providing police with tough new powers they needed to do their job.

“While the most recent Victoria Police crime statistics show we are beginning to turn the corner, we know there’s more to do to ensure our local community can be and feel safer,” he said.

Labor’s law and order package includes:

  • Employing an extra 100 transit police to help patrol every metropolitan train line every night – in addition to the 1,966 frontline police we are delivering over the next five years;
  • $61 million for upgraded police training facilities, including the largest ever upgrade of the Glen Waverley Police Academy, a new virtual simulation firing range, and regional training centre upgrades in Wangaratta, Gippsland and Ballarat;
  • A $10.1 million boost to facial recognition technology to make it available in 260 police stations across Victoria, up from 10;
  • $7.3 million for expanded graffiti removal programs, building on existing partnerships with local councils and forcing offenders to clean up community assets as punishment;
  • $5.2 million for a new Community Safety and Graffiti Grants program for local governments and community groups to fund community safety initiatives such as CCTV;
  • Expanded manual labour options to put offenders to work in repaying community debt;
  • New specialist police equipment including breathing apparatus for Special Operations Group officers and a new 24-metre search and rescue boat; and
  • Further opening up Victoria’s courts to the public by webcasting proceedings from courtrooms across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

 

Mr Lim said said the $10.1 million commitment to deliver state-of-the-art facial recognition technology across Victoria would allow police to electronically identify suspects within minutes using computerised mugshots.

“We are delivering police the best and latest equipment, with this technology to improve the ability of police to identify and process offenders, look through mug shots and quickly identify suspects and missing persons,” he said.

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