Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 in News

The Napthine Government has again sharpened its axe and will cut more Victoria Police staff despite crime spiralling out of control, Shadow Minister for Police Jacinta Allan said today.

Ms Allan said even more pressure had been applied by Premier Napthine for Victoria Police to cut staff numbers with a new round of voluntary departure packages sent to Victoria Police employees.

Ms Allan said earlier this week Victoria Police staff were emailed about the Napthine Government’s job cuts which it claims are productivity savings.

“This decision by Premier Napthine shows how out of touch he is with Victorian families when crime is out of control and his solution is to cut even more Victoria Police staff,” Ms Allan said.

“Victoria Police admitted earlier this year that Mr Napthine’s budget cuts were having a negative impact on their operations and this new staff cull is likely to further impact frontline policing.

“The Government has interfered in the operations of the office of the Chief Commissioner of Police, cut more than $100million from the force’s budget and slashed 350 staff from Victoria Police as crime continues to rise under Mr Napthine.

“Mr Napthine and Police Minister Kim Wells need to explain how many jobs will be lost in this latest round of sackings and how these staff cuts will reduce crime and make Victorian families safer.”

Ms Allan said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee on May 16, 2013, admitted the budget cuts were having a negative impact on policing when he said:

“There is no doubt at all that there has been a challenging time for us in relation to our finances. There have been occasions when we have actually reshaped our business to meet some of those challenges.”

“This frank admission by Mr Lay clearly shows the Napthine Liberal National Government’s so called tough-on-crime agenda is in complete tatters with jumps in crimes against the person, assault including family violence, assaults, burglary, drug offences and motor vehicle theft,” Ms Allan said.

“Under the Napthine Liberal National Government there were 403,618 offences recorded from April 2012 to March 2013, an increase of 5.6 per cent.

“The Napthine Liberal National Government’s key election promise to get tough on crime has failed. This is what happens when you ignore the causes of crime and fail to put in any measures to prevent crime.”

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