Posted on 13. Apr, 2012 in News

A commitment to provide street-by-street crime statistics to Neighbourhood Watch groups has been dumped by the Baillieu Government, Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention Jill Hennessy said today.

“Scrapping this commitment is another extraordinary backflip by the Baillieu Government,” Ms Hennessy said.

“The Coalition told local Neighbourhood Watch Groups that it would provide them with street by street crime data.

“For over 14 months Victorians have been told that the Government would deliver on this promise.

“As I said, it is a commitment of the Baillieu Government that we will meet.” (Minister for Crime Prevention Andrews McIntosh, Parliament, 24 May 2011)

“After a year of deceit and dithering, the Government has finally come clean and admitted it has no intention of making good on its promise.

“This broken election promise was a key plank in the Coalition’s law and order platform.

“It’s a slap in the face for Neighbourhood Watch volunteers who took the Government at their word.

“Is this a plan by stealth to try and close down Neighbourhood Watch?”

Ms Hennessy said it was clear the Coalition’s law and order agenda was unravelling.

“The Baillieu Government’s PSO plan is in a shambles, with costs blowing out and recruitment stalling, and now the Premier has dumped another law and order commitment,” she said.

“The Minster for Crime Prevention has even admitted that the crime rate might not drop for decades. “What other commitments is the Baillieu Government planning to dump?”



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