2729 new Police means help is on the wayEarlier this year we told members that our highest priority was to address critical resource shortages across the state. Today, following our intense advocacy, the government has announced that it will provide a net additional 2729 sworn police over the next four years.
2729 Additional Police
Today’s announcement of an additional 2729 police over four years could not come any sooner with members reporting daily that they are at breaking point at police stations and workplaces state-wide. The announcement follows our campaign aimed at both sides of politics to deliver more police before the 2018 election and our recent public call for 3301 additional police by 2022.
Today’s commitment for additional police is over and above those lost each year to attrition. It is also in addition to the 406 police officers (300 frontline) that the government already pledged earlier this year that are being fast-tracked to graduate by the end of June next year.
We warmly welcome this significant announcement and commend the government for engaging in constructive dialogue with The Police Association over many months on this important issue for our members and the community.
Staff Allocation Model
We have been working with Victoria Police to develop a `staff allocation model’ to determine where new police officers should be deployed.
It is absolutely essential, that additional police recruited reach and remain on the frontline where they are desperately needed.
Help is on the way, but make no mistake – it is your membership and collective support of The Police Association that has enabled us to be your voice on this critical issue. We will keep members informed regarding police resourcing as more information comes to light.
Ron Iddles OAM, APM