Investment $2 billion
Victoria Police will get the powers and resources they need – everything they have asked for to stop crime and reduce harm. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 fully funds our Community Safety Statement which provides a more than $2 billion boost to Victoria Police so they can put victims first, and put criminals behind bars.
What will the money be used for?
The 2017/18 Budget includes investments for:
Specialist family violence officers
More than 2,700 new sworn police officers, including 415 specialist family violence officers.
Youth Crime Prevention grants
Youth Crime Prevention grants and an expansion of the Victoria Police Kokoda youth engagement program.
100 new Protective Services Officers
100 new Protective Services Officers to boost safety at train stations and transport hubs.
Upgraded police stations
10 upgraded police stations across the State, in Alexandra, Altona North, Reservoir, Rutherglen, South Melbourne, Tangambalanga, Warracknabeal, Wedderburn, Wycheproof and Wyndham.
- Every Victorian deserves to feel safe. Right now, they don’t.
- A rising crime rate over the past 6 years, family violence, serious youth offending, carjackings and home invasions, and the devastating impact of drugs like ‘ice’ has taken its toll.
- It’s time to take a stand, because ‘business as usual’ just won’t cut it any more.
- In this Community Safety Statement 2017 the Victorian Government sets out a clear law and order plan for our state. And for the first time ever, it’s been developed with Victoria Police.
- There will be no more tinkering around the edges. This is the comprehensive strategy and historic change we need.
- Together, we’ll deliver new police, new laws and a tough new approach.
- Together, we’ll end the harm and make our state safer.