Ripon MP, Louise Staley, today visited Avoca Primary School along with Shadow Minister for Police Ed O’Donohue to explain the Liberals promise to renew the ‘Police in Schools’ program.
Ms Staley said this program would help strengthen the relationships between our community and police.
“It was marvellous to visit Avoca Primary School with Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue and to meet several students who have a police officer parent.” said Ms Staley.
“Not every school has such good links with police as Avoca Primary School does so Police in Schools is about helping students understand the role of police and help them realise they’re not people to be feared.” Ms Staley said.
A Matthew Guy led Liberal government will work with Victoria Police to re-establish a ‘Police in Schools’ program for every school in Ripon and across Victoria.
The ‘Police in Schools’ program is a major proactive youth engagement initiative to assist police to better engage with young Victorians who are still at school and to restore respect for police and the community.
The officers will become trusted members of the school community and will provide an opportunity for members of that community to seek advice about a range of policing issues, including family violence.
An additional 100 new police will be funded to work as School Resource Officers to complement the existing Victoria Police Youth Resource Officers.
The previous program was canned under Labor in 2005 leaving Victoria is the only state in Australia that does not currently have a ‘Police in Schools’ program.
The total cost of the Victoria Police ‘Police in Schools’ policy package is estimated at $50 million over four years.
Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue said Police in Schools would build positive relationships and help tackle rising crime.
“Tougher sentencing, bail and parole are all important, but we are also focused on proactive policies to prevent kids from going down a path of crime.” Mr O’Donohue said.
“This program will help school children have a stronger understanding and respect for police and help break the cycle of youth crime.”