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Police under resourced due to Labor inactivity

Gippsland South residents will feel the full force of Melbourne Labor’s decision to recruit no new police as changes to police policy restricting officers from operating alone impact on one-man stations and general service levels.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said a new directive required Victoria Police members to operate two-up, which meant that one-man stations in Toora, Meeniyan and Loch could no longer operate with just one officer.

“These stations are now effectively closed because the single officer is not able to operate either in the stations on their own or on patrol and have been directed to work with stations at Foster, Korumburra and Leongatha,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I am concerned that there will be a lack of police resources on the ground in these towns and the rules will also mean fewer manned shifts in the bigger towns as senior police juggle their rosters to ensure there are always two officers on patrol or in the station.

“Daniel Andrews has left Victoria Police drastically under-resourced which means that those living in the country have once again been let down by the Melbourne Labor government.”

Mr O’Brien said Melbourne Labor had failed to commit to new police recruits allocating just 15 additional on the ground officers to stationed in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

“This is in stark contrast of the work of The Nationals in Government who put an additional 1900 police and 950 Protective Services Officers (PSOs) on the beat,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Let me be clear that I am not criticizing Victoria Police which rightly has to do what it feels is necessary to protect our officers.  The failure is Labor’s in refusing to recruit more police.”

Mr O’Brien said Labor’s plan to rollout custody officers would be of no benefit to small stations.

“These small stations do not have people in custody for any more than a few hours at a time, so this decision by Daniel Andrews is all smoke and mirrors,” Mr O’Brien said.

“These changes that require police to work two-up will equate to fewer police on the beat in our country areas as a result of Labor’s failure to deliver more police numbers.”

Mr O’Brien said community members concerned about the changes to police resourcing in their town should visit his Sale office at 54B Cunninghame Street to sign a petition calling for additional police resources for Gippsland or by clicking here.

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