Media Release

05 October 2016

O’Donohue: Melbourne first responder police numbers slashed while crime surges

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Melbourne first responder police numbers slashed while crime surges

With crime at record levels, front line police are being cut under Daniel Andrews.

The City of Melbourne has seen a 8.5% jump in crime while police numbers have been slashed by more than 6%.

There are now 23 fewer first responder police in Melbourne since 2014. That means fewer police to attend urgent call outs for home invasions, carjackings and family violence.

These numbers for Melbourne show the cuts to frontline police which Daniel Andrews has been trying to hide.  This is the proof that under the Andrews Labor Government there have been big cuts to first responder police numbers in crime hot spots like Melbourne.

This is one of the reasons why we are seeing record levels of violent crime like carjackings, home invasions and Apex style gang violence.

The shortage of police also means police stations are being forced to close or have their hours reduced.

The community and the hard working members of Victoria Police deserve better than Daniel Andrews’ cuts.