Investment $596 million
The Andrews Labor Government believes the most effective way to address crime is to give police the support and resources they need to do their job.
What will the money be used for?
This investment includes:
Public safety and police response
$540 million to increase public safety and police response, including 406 additional sworn police officers and 52 additional specialist staff, technology upgrades and an expanded forensic capability.
Replace and refurbish police stations in regional and rural areas
$36.8 million to replace and refurbish a number of police stations in regional and rural areas to improve Victoria Police's ability to provide safe communities and workplaces.
Continue the Community Crime Prevention Program
$19.4 million to continue the Community Crime Prevention Program to provide grants that help communities develop projects to prevent crime at its source.
Enhance counter-terrorism capability
This Budget also provides $63 million to enhance counter-terrorism capability, including an additional 40 sworn police officers and 48 additional specialist staff to investigate and respond to an increased terror threat.
Police mental health and wellbeing
To improve police mental health and wellbeing, the Budget also funds a package of initiatives for all Victoria Police employees.