The Andrews Labor Government is promising more police with more resources and more of the fit-for-purpose modern stations they need to keep protecting Victorians.
The Victorian Budget 2022/23 delivers an additional 502 police and 50 Protective Service Officers (PSOs) over the next two years to meet the growing needs of the state, building on the 3,135 new police officers already on our streets.
The Staffing Allocation Model (SAM), designed by Victoria Police in consultation with the Police Association of Victoria (TPAV), guided the investment of $342 million for the additional police and PSOs needed to meet Victoria’s policing requirements over the next two years.
This investment, including the update to the SAM, will support the Chief Commissioner’s approach of a ‘back to basics’ community policing model.
The Government has said in a media release today that they are ensuring police have the tools they need at their disposal to safely respond to violent offenders, with $215 million to deliver the statewide rollout of conducted energy devices to all frontline police and PSOs.
In a string of media releases sent out today and all promising great spends, the Government said it will keep investing in critical police infrastructure, with the construction of two new police stations at Point Cook and South Melbourne.
The Government also stated that the construction will also begin on Point Cook’s new police station, to deliver a contemporary and fit-for-purpose station in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, but there was no date given.
In the Victorian Budget 2018/19 funds were allocated to search for and acquire land for the future station in Point Cook, which was purchased two years ago.
A planning permit was originally lodged in 2017 for the land to be used and developed for a primary school with an estimated cost of $6.9 million.