Police have been pulled from the front-line and fighting crime to cover unoccupied back office roles, Shadow Minister for Police, Jacinta Allan said today.
Leaked documents obtained by the State Opposition show the Baillieu Government has forced sworn police officers to fill back office positions that have become or been left vacant.
“Mr Baillieu and Police Minister Peter Ryan on numerous occasions said that frontline work would not be compromised by their callous public sector cuts,” Ms Allan said.
“These documents put a lie to those claims.
“Victoria Police documents confirm that the Baillieu Government’s slashing of 4200 public sector workers is now impacting on police operations.
“Crime under the Baillieu Government has jumped to new levels and instead of being out tackling crime sworn officers are being used to fill public sector positions.
“The Baillieu Government has slashed $65 million from the Victoria Police budget, cut 350 positions from Victoria Police and now they are filling those same positions will crime fighting police officers.
“Senior officers with years of crime fighting experience are being used to fill these roles at a time when crime has increased.”
The Victoria Police documents show officers, Senior Sergeants and Inspectors are filling administration and management positions at:
• Melbourne West Police Station Property Office
• Water Police / Search and Rescue
• Cranbourne / Endeavour Hills Property Office
• Keilor Downs Property Office
• Ethical Standards Command
• Licensing Regulation Division
• Field Catering
• Aboriginal Policy and Research
• Corporate Strategy and Governance
• Vehicle Examination unit.
“Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan need to explain why police officers with significant crime fighting experience are being used to fill administration positions that have been created because of their callous public sector job cuts,” Ms Allan said.