Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue, and Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, have today launched a petition calling on the Andrews Government to commit to providing additional police for local communities throughout Gippsland.
Get the Petition here – Police petition
Speaking at the Warragul Police Station Mr O’Donohue said that the Andrews Government had failed to provide additional police numbers for Gippsland.
‘Victoria Police faces new and significant challenges with the current operating environment and in tackling the scourges of drugs, such as ice, and family violence. Daniel Andrews has failed to provide the necessary resources to Victoria Police to deal with those issues,’ Mr O’Donohue said.
‘Labor is neglecting the needs of Gippsland, providing no additional police in the Budget and no custody officers to local police stations when the initial deployment commences.
‘As our population grows by approximately 100,000 people per year, the number of police per capita is going backwards under Labor,’ said Mr O’Donohue.
Mr Blackwood said Narracan was an electorate set to grow rapidly in coming decades and a failure to invest now in resources and police numbers would ultimately leave a hole difficult to fill for local police.
‘The Victorian Coalition highlighted Warragul and Drouin as significant growth areas of the state and we need to ensure as that occurs we can support local police with additional resources,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘The Coalition delivered 1900 police across its four year term as well as in excess of 950 protective services officers to support communities and the Andrews Government needs a plan to build on those numbers.
‘We need the Andrews Government to commit to additional police in our region now to ensure they are delivered when they are needed, not years later,’ said Mr Blackwood.
The petition is available online at www.garyblackwood.com.au or from Members Electorate Offices.