Friday 28 October 2016
Victoria Police Annual Report
The 2015-2016 Annual Report lays bare what the Victorian community has long known, that thanks to the neglect of Daniel Andrews, Victoria Police simply does not have the resources to respond to the crime tsunami confronting Victoria.
While crime is up 13.4% and we are seeing horrific, brazen crimes like that at the Toorak jewellery store earlier this week, the number of police in Victoria was virtually the same in June 2016 (13,188) as it was in November 2014, when the change of government took place (13,151).
Despite the road toll being up 12%, both the number of alcohol breath tests and the total number of kilometres travelled in 2015/16 by police vehicles have been cut.
The Police Association say there are 115 fewer first responder police on the beat now compared to 2014, putting enormous pressure on frontline policing. The Annual Report reveals a concerning increase in the number of incidents in which police are injured in 2015-16, up 9.8% (3,975 incidents compared with 2014-15 (3,619 incidents) and up 22.4% over past 2 years.
Meanwhile with the unprecedented attacks on police, the number of shifts lost due to injury was 54,831 in 2015/2016.
The crime crisis engulfing Victoria demands the full focus of Government, but we have a Corrections Minister more focused on his pet dogs than the prison system and a Police Minister more focused on justifying her desal order as Water Minister than giving police the resources and support they need.
Victorians deserve better.