Posted on 27. May, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine must tell Victorians which police stations he will close under new plans to take police from the frontline at local stations.

Police Minister Kim Wells this morning confirmed he supported frontline police being removed from local stations and to be placed in taskforces.

Taskforce policing is not new and under the Liberal Napthine Government has done nothing to reduce crime rates.

Denis Napthine’s pre-election commitment to increase frontline police numbers has been a failure with 50 of 56 police services areas now having fewer police than in 2010. More than 20 areas have had frontline staffing cuts of over 20 per cent.

Despite the pre-election commitment by the Liberals to address ‘undermanned’ police stations, some police service areas have lost as many as 30 uniformed police since 2010.

Some police regions are already reporting trouble filling shifts and keeping up uniform patrols. In many cases there is a direct correlation between the loss of local police and an increase in crime rates.

Quotes attributable to Mr Noonan:

“While crime increases across the state, Denis Napthine and the Liberals have taken police off our streets and now look set to close police stations.”

“Denis Napthine needs to come clean and explain to Victorians which police stations the Liberal Government will close.”

“Denis Napthine and the Liberals promised to make Victoria safer, but crime rates have increased each and every year under this Government.”

Key Facts

• The police service areas 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, Stonnington and Surf Coast have all recorded frontline police losses of more than 20 per cent.
• The police service areas of Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Casey, Boroondara, Manningham, Maroondah, Mitchell, Wangaratta, Wellington, Whitehorse, Wodonga, Hume, Nillumbik, Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Geelong, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Southern Grampians have all recorded frontline police losses of more than 10 per cent.
• Crime rates have increased each and every year under the Napthine Liberal Government.

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