Media Release

31 July 2015

O’Donohue – Napthine: More Police Needed to Manage Two-Up Policy

Friday 31 July 2015

 

MORE POLICE NEEDED TO MANAGE TWO-UP POLICY

Police numbers in regional areas must be increased to help support new two-up policing policies which are crippling the south west’s one-man stations, according to the State Opposition.

Shadow Minister for Police Ed O’Donohue today visited Macarthur Police Station with Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine  to hear first-hand the concerns of one-officer stations.

Mr O’Donohue said one member stations, such as Macarthur, Branxholme, Merino, Dartmoor and Penshurst, do a great job, but theyare forced to wait for assistance from neighbouring stations before they can respond to a call-out, under the new arrangements.

“At the heart of these policing concerns is the fact this new Labor Government is not increasing police numbers in regional areas at a time when they need more assistance than ever,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“The first Labor State Budget provided funding for only 15 new police officers – but not one of these officers was for the south west.  Daniel Andrews is not supporting the recruitment of additional, new police for our regions.

“The Coalition had a clear policy of providing additional police staff to meet the state’s growing population, promising 1700 extra officers and delivering 1900 in our term of Government. We also committed an additional 700 front-line police, and a further 250 specialist officers to tackle the emerging 21st century crimes including terrorism, e-crime, and fraud if re-elected.

“Country people should be confident that when they need police assistance their issues will be responded to as a matter of urgency,” Mr O’Donohue said.”

Dr Napthine said Victoria’s 105 one-officer stations were the lifeblood of local community and the Andrews Government must provide surety for their future.

“These local officers not only provide frontline law and order services but also use their broad community understanding and knowledge to prevent crime, protect people, and make their communities much safer,” Dr Napthine said.

“The major advantage of locally-based police stations and officers is that they are able to respond quickly and with local knowledge to respond efficiently and effectively to the call-out.

“Daniel Andrews must increase police resources in country areas to better manage this two-up policy which is unworkable in its current state.”