According to Police Association figures, frontline police numbers have fallen under Daniel Andrews with 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013 despite Victoria’s population increasing by over half a million.
That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will fund the phased roll-out of 4,000 Tasers with appropriate training for Victoria Police. The roll-out of Tasers will commence with all metropolitan 24-hour police stations, including at Forest Hill Police Station.
All too often, police are called-out to respond to violent and dangerous situations involving people who are affected by drugs, alcohol or mental illness, or who are otherwise at risk of causing harm to police and innocent bystanders.
The Liberal Nationals believe our police officers should be equipped with modern equipment, and alternative options to firearms, helping them to manage these dangerous situations and to minimise the risk of serious injury and fatalities.
Tasers have already been successfully introduced to Victoria Police specialist units and regional 24-hour police stations with appropriate training of operational police in their use.
A Liberal Nationals Government will work with the Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police and The Police Association Victoria to roll-out these 4,000 additional Tasers.
Supporting operational police with Tasers will save lives and reduce the risk of serious injuries to police and innocent bystanders.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“A Liberal Nationals Government will make Victoria safer.
Under a Liberal Nationals Government, jail means jail.
There’s going to be an end to this soft touch approach we have seen under Daniel Andrews and Labor where violent criminals are given more rights than victims.
If I am elected Premier, we will increase frontline police numbers and give them more resources like Tasers and we are going to introduce tougher sentences and make bail and parole harder to get.”
Comments attributable to State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP:
“There’s a crime wave going on in Victoria under Daniel Andrews, but frontline police numbers have fallen under his government with 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013.
Locally, crime has increased 10.99% in City of Whitehorse and 17.36% in City of Monash since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014, according to the latest Crime Statistics Agency figures.
That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will boost frontline police numbers and give them the support they need and resources like Tasers, including at Forest Hill Police Station.
This is about protecting the community and keeping police and innocent bystanders safe.”
Media contact: Neil Angus MP 03 9877 5628 or firstname.lastname@example.org