State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP, today slammed the Andrews Government for considering to scale back operations at Forest Hill Police Station.
The Forest Hill Police Station, less than a year old opened to the public in August 2015 and was officially opened as a 24 hour police station in April 2016. The $12 million Forest Hill Police Station was fully funded by the previous Victorian Government after they listened to the local communities safety concerns.
“It is disappointing to hear that Whitehorse command is reviewing night counter services at Forest Hill Police Station” Mr Angus said. “Community safety has always been a concern to many local residents and with the Crime rate up 12%, scaling back opening hours at police stations decreases people’s confidence.”
The opening of the Forest Hill Police Station coincided with the end of 24 hour operations at nearby Nunawading Police Station.
“People need to feel safe in their local communities. People need a place to go if they are in trouble or have nowhere else to go .Residents shouldn’t have to consider whether this newly opened Police Station will be open or not.” Mr Angus said.
The Andrew’s Government needs to assure the residents of Forest Hill that the newly opened police station will remain as a much needed 24 hour station.