Allocation of New Police

Almost 12 months ago, TPAV welcomed the State Government’s commitment to adopt a Sta Allocation Model (SAM) to identify future resourcing needs and enable the allocation of police where they are most needed.

We understand that the SAM has the potential to serve as an objective model to determine the future demand for police services and to allocate police accordingly. This model also provides an opportunity to remove the unhealthy boom/ bust cycle of police recruitment that we’ve seen in the past, instead focusing on the delivery of more timely responses to police resource allocation.

We firmly believe that the SAM will deliver maximum benefit if it operates as a predictive, forward-looking model that considers a broad range of indicators such as projected population growth, changes in the economy, and the types of crimes that are emerging from such changes.

Further, it is important the model factors in changes to the types and patterns of offending, changes in the complexity of crime, and cold cases. In this regard, we would caution against this model remaining overly-reliant on past statistical analysis, given this may not serve as a reliable guide of future resourcing requirements.

Recommendations:

  • To ensure that the SAM has the ongoing capacity to operate and deliver on its full potential, we recommend that Victoria Police maintains regular and structured dialogue with The Police Association and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Police allocations should be transparent and accountable to the public who demand frontline services be maintained in their communities. We therefore recommend a process of independent oversight to ensure that the number of first responders in particular, does not diminish.