Posted on 13. May, 2014 in Clayton Update

There are fewer frontline police officers in the Clayton and surrounding electorates today than there were three years ago.

Denis Napthine’s tough on crime stance has been a catastrophic failure and it is South and South East Melbourne families safety being put at risk.

Victoria Police Freedom of Information documents reveal out of 56 police service areas (PSA) only six have more police now than in November 2010. More than 20 PSAs have had frontline police cuts of more than 20 per cent.

In the three local police zone areas that protect residents in the Clayton electorate frontline police numbers have been cut from Kingston 202 to 158, Monash 130 to 99 and City of Greater Dandenong 209 to 141 staff numbers at November 2010 compared to staff numbers at 31 January 2014.

Crime rates have skyrocketed under the Napthine Liberal Government each and every year under Denis Napthine with some areas suffering a 68 per cent increase in offences.

In the three local police zone areas criminal offences have increased under the Napthine Government by Kingston 7.57%, Monash 7.96% and City of Greater Dandenong 14.83% compared between 2010/11 and 2012/13.

Quotes attributable to Hong Lim:

“While crime increases across the state, Denis Napthine and the Liberals have taken police off Clayton and the surrounding electorates streets.”

“Most Victorians would be shocked to learn that Denis Napthine has reduced the number of police on the beat in their local area.

“When Denis Napthine cuts $100 million from Victoria Police and cuts the number of officers on the beat, he cuts support to the south and south east Melbourne community.”

“Denis Napthine’s dysfunctional Liberal Government can’t be trusted with the safety of our local area.”

“Despite Denis Napthine and the Liberals promising to make Victoria safer, crimes rates have increased each and every year under this Government.”

“Residents in my electorate deserve better than a Government that’s too dysfunctional to keep our community safe.”

Key Facts
• Offences have skyrocketed from 370,082 in 2009/10 to 406,497 in 2012/13 with 26 of 31 Victoria Police crime categories recording significant increases.
• The Napthine Government has slashed funding for Victoria Police by $100 million and cut 500 staff.
• The PSAs of Benalla, Knox, Monash, Yarra Ranges, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Wyndham, Yarra, Cardinia, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington, Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonington and Surf Coast have frontline police losses of more than 20 per cent.

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