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Labor fail on police numbers hurts community

Daniel Andrews’ failure to employ or plan to employ additional police is hurting our community, latest crime statistics show.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said crime statistics released this week show total offences grew by 12 per cent in the Wellington Shire and nearly 11 per cent in South Gippsland.

“Labor made no commitment to increase police numbers and has sat idle as police numbers have fallen since it came to government,” Mr O’Brien said.

“With 100,000 people moving to Victoria every year, keeping police numbers static is simply not an option. And that has been borne out by these statistics.

“Statewide, there was an eight per cent rise in crime in 2015 and that is hurting our community. Among those crimes that rose significantly were assaults, burglary and break and enter offences, theft offences, drug offences, public nuisance offences and weapon offences.”

Mr O’Brien said local police did a great job and some of the statistical increases could be put down to a higher arrest rate by police, however there were plenty of others that showed generally crime was on the increase and Melbourne Labor had to wear responsibility for that.

“It’s time that Labor understands that the community wants to live in a safe and secure environment and a strong police presence is vital,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Labor needs to stop the rhetoric and get on with putting more police on the beat.

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