Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula today welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s announcement that 50 new frontline police officers will be deployed to the southeast from next month.

The allocation, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, is part of 300 new frontline police that were funded last year.

The new officers will be the first of 3,135 police that the Labor Government is delivering over five years to make communities safer and drive down crime.

The 50 officers will be deployed in the south-eastern suburbs including the Casey and Dandenong areas. Ten of those will go to the Greater Dandenong Police Service Area covering Dandenong, Springvale, Keysborough, Noble Park and Bangholme.

The new police, which are on top of regular attrition recruiting, will provide a stronger and more visible presence on the street, staff more proactive patrols, and deliver more resources to prevent crime.

These additional police officers will build on the new police already allocated to deal with gang-related crime and public order issues, as well as increasing special response and monitoring capability.

Since coming to Government, more than 700 full-time police positions have been allocated across the force.

Thousands more police will be recruited and trained over the next four years as part of the Government’s Community Safety Statement, released in December 2016.

The Government’s historic $2 billion investment to reduce crime across Victoria includes new vehicles for the Public Order Response Team, new booze buses, and tough new laws to crack down on drug dealers, drive by shootings, carjackings and home invasions.

Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough, Martin Pakula:

I’m proud of our local police. These new officers will support the work of our local force who keep our community safe.

These extra police officers allocated to our local area will work on the frontline to prevent, detect and disrupt crime in our community.

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