Regional Victorians left fending for themselves

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, has called on the Andrews Government to address the shortfall in Police resources in regional Victoria.

There have been a number of startling incidents across Victoria that have fuelled local concern about police numbers and hours of operation in Ripon.

Reports that the victim a home invasion in Apollo Bay called the police but officers weren’t able to attend the scene has once again underlined the Andrews Labor Government’s lack of support for police in regional Victoria.

This incident comes after a man, who has since been charged with murder, tried to hand himself into the Gisborne police station found that the station was closed. The Gisborne station was closed because there were too few police to keep the station open overnight.

Here in Ripon towns like Creswick are also without a local police presence at night.

Despite Victoria’s population growing by around half a million people in the last five years, frontline police numbers are down over the same period according to The Police Association.

According to The Police Association, there were 190 fewer frontline police in the four year period between 2014 and 2018.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley:

“Following media coverage of violent incidents going unattended, a number of locals have raised concerns about police numbers in Ripon.”

“Our state’s population is growing but frontline police numbers are shrinking.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is not providing Victoria Police with the resources they need to keep Victorians safe. That puts the safety and lives of Victorians at risk.”

“The Andrews Labor Government must ensure police have adequate resources and processes to respond to serious incidents in regional Victoria.”