Wednesday 30 August 2017
Liberal Nationals to open Caroline Springs police station 24 hours a day
Since Daniel Andrews was elected in November 2014, crime across the Melton Police Service Area (PSA) is up 17.8%.
The population in the area is also booming, expected to nudge 400,000 by 2040, up from 140,000 today.
Despite this, the Melton PSA has just one 24-hour police station, with the Caroline Springs station closing for eight hours every night.
The local community has been crying out for a greater police presence in their area, including running private citizen patrols overnight to cover for the police absence. The Police Association has echoed these calls.
While in Opposition local Labor MP Natalie Hutchins petitioned to have the station open 24 hours, but hasn’t done it in government.
Attributable to Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue:
“People have a right to feel safe in their own homes.
“That’s why we’re pledging to open Caroline Springs police station 24-hours, and we’ll work with the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police to ensure the station has the resources to remain open around the clock.
“You can’t fight crime if the local police station is closed.”
The following police stations have been closed or had their opening hours reduced under Daniel Andrews.
Ashburton – Reduced opening hours
Burwood – Closed mid 2015
Nunawading – Closed to public (no front counter service), formerly 24 hour station
Mt Waverley – Reduced opening hours
Clayton – Reduced public counter hours and other police moved to other stations due to OHS issues – needs significant upgrade
Murrumbeena – Station closed and police signage completely removed – Liberal Nationals committed to reopening based on high crime rate
Mooroolbark – Intermittently closed
Carrum Downs – Weekend reduced hours
Somerville – New station opened in 2015 with no public front counter service from day 1 – Believe that is first new police station ever opened in Victoria but not open to the public
Endeavour Hills – Weekend reduced hours
Pakenham – Intermittently closed
Epping – Intermittently closed
Reservoir – Intermittently closed
Whitfield – Closed for 2 years, recently reopened due to community pressure
Lang Lang – Reduced opening hours
Tatura – Intermittently closed
Ballarat West – has had weekend reduced hours