Community Safety Suffers with Fewer Frontline Police on the Beat in Monash & Glen Eira

There are fewer frontline police officers in the Monash and Glen Eira region today than there were three years ago.

In the Monash police service area, frontline police numbers are down over 23%. And in Glen Eira there are nearly 32% fewer frontline police. Victoria Police Freedom of Information documents reveal out of 56 police service areas (PSA) only six have more police now than in November 2010. More than 20 PSAs have had frontline police cuts of more than 20 per cent.

In the Monash Area, frontline police numbers have been cut from 130 to 99. In Glen Eira they have been cut from 150 to 102.

Community safety is threatened with crime rates ballooning each and every year under Denis Napthine and the Liberal Government. In the Monash Area, criminal offences have increased under the Napthine Liberal Government by nearly 8%. And in Glen Eira crime has soared more than 15%.

“The significant reduction to frontline police officers in our local area is very troubling. With crime increasing across Victoria, the last thing we need are fewer police on the beat in our community,” Labor Candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos said.

“The Liberal Government came to office promising to make our streets safer. Sadly, according to the latest figures they have failed dismally. Crime rates have increased every year under this Liberal Government.”

Key Facts
• Offences have ballooned from 370,082 in 2009/10 to 406,497 in 2012/13 with 26 of 31 Victoria Police crime categories recording significant increases.
• The Napthine Liberal Government has slashed funding for Victoria Police by $100 million and cut 500 staff.
• The PSAs of Benalla, Knox, Monash, Yarra Ranges, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Wyndham, Yarra, Cardinia, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonington and Surf Coast have frontline police losses of more than 20 per cent.

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