Posted on 03. Jun, 2014 in Clayton Update
Local communities are outraged as Denis Napthine plans to take more police off the streets and close local police stations.
The release of the Victoria Police Blue Paper signals a significant reduction of frontline services.
Police are struggling under Denis Napthine. He broke his promise to increase the number of local police officers and crime has increased under every year of his Liberal Government.
The Liberals have cut 400 staff and $113 million from Victoria Police – now they’re cutting the number of local police that communities rely on.
Quotes attributable to Hong Lim :
“Denis Napthine’s plan to take police off our streets and close local police stations won’t make residents in the Clayton electorate safer.
“Local police stations all over Victoria are under threat and stations in the Clayton electorate could be next.”
“Denis Napthine needs to tell us how many police in will be taken off the streets and which local police stations will close.”
• In 2010, the Victorian Liberals promised “ …a dramatic increase in frontline police numbers” that would “have an unprecedented impact in every suburb, town and region” .
• Victoria Police figures show crime in Victoria increased 7.1 per cent over the last year.
• There are fewer frontline police officers assigned to local stations today than there were in November 2010.
• Victoria’s family violence emergency is getting worse, with new Victoria Police crime statistics showing a six per cent increase in the 12 months to March 2014.
• Family violence is the biggest law and order crisis in the state and only Labor will hold a Royal Commission into family violence to find answers for its prevention and to repair the broken system.
• The Blue Paper can be found at http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/3684-the-victoria-police-blue-paper-a-vision-for-victoria-police-in-2025.html