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Southwick - Regional highway patrols in reverse under Daniel Andrews

Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday 15 July 2019

Regional highway patrols in reverse under Daniel Andrews

Today’s release of the latest Victoria Police employees by location data highlights 7 out of Victoria’s 10 police divisions located in regional Victoria have had their highway patrol numbers cut or remain unchanged under Daniel Andrews.

Highway patrol units play a key role in ensuring safety on our roads, yet police divisions serving areas including Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe, East Gippsland, Wellington, Horsham, Northern Grampians, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges have seen their highway patrol officers cut since November 2014.

Furthermore, there has been no increase in highway patrol numbers for divisions serving the Ballarat, Moorabool, Mildura and Swan Hill areas over the same period.

Victoria’s road toll is running at the highest rate in over a decade, with fatalities on rural roads currently 80% higher than last year – fewer police in regional Victoria means less road policing and safety just when Victoria needs it the most.

Today’s release of police employee data follows recent comments from the Police Association stating that of the 900 total new police allocated over the past 3 years, only 77 officers have gone to regional Victoria (around 8.6%.)

Under Labor, regional policing resources simply aren’t a priority as Daniel Andrews leaves police and communities to fend for themselves.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:

“Whether its general police or highway patrol officers, it’s clear regional Victorians aren’t getting their fair share under Daniel Andrews.

With so many lives lost on our roads already this year, it’s simply unacceptable that Daniel Andrews has cut regional highway patrol numbers across the state.

Daniel Andrews needs to look beyond Melbourne, wake up to the need of regional communities and ensure they get their fair share of police resources.”