Acting Minister for Police and Corrections media release 27 April 2016.
More than 400 police, a detention facility to manage serious sex offenders and an expanded community corrections system are at the heart of a $1 billion package to crack down on crime and target high-risk offenders.
A $596 million Public Safety Package delivers on the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to give police the resources they need to respond to gang-related crime, gun crime, terrorist threats, and family violence.
The 2016-17 Victorian Budget includes funding for 300 frontline police who will be deployed across Victoria; while a further 106 specialist police officers and 52 support personnel will be trained, including:
The Public Safety Package also includes $36.8 million to replace and refurbish police stations across regional Victoria and includes:
The package will also deliver $19.4 million in funding for the Community Crime Prevention Program to help target the root causes of crime in local communities, while additional police prosecutors will support the extension of the drug courts.
A further $500,000 will provide more mental health and wellbeing support for police.
The investment brings the total number of new police personnel funded by the Andrews Labor Government to 1156.
The Budget also delivers $401 million for Corrections Victoria to better protect the community from high-risk offenders, respond to growth in the number of offenders and reduce reoffending, and upgrade the Metropolitan Remand Centre to full functionality.
An extra $84 million will be committed over four years to strengthen the management of serious sex offenders and respond to recommendations set out in the Harper Review. This includes:
Community Correctional Services will be bolstered, with $233.4 million in funding to provide:
The Budget also responds to the significant growth in remand prisoners, providing $95.3 million towards improvements and infrastructure upgrades at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Corrections Robin Scott
“There’s nothing more important than community safety. We are delivering hundreds more police to respond to gang-related crime, gun crime, terrorist threats, and family violence.”
“We are investing in advanced technology and equipment to give our crime fighters the resources they need.”
“We promised we would fix the management of serious offenders, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”