The State Labor Government is delivering the police, protection and prevention our state needs, with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp Mp, welcomed the launch of the Community Safety Statement 2018/19 and the announcement that a further $115 million package will be funded in the upcoming Victorian Budget 2018/19.

He said the latest statement continues the Labor Government’s record police investment, which is delivering 3135 new police by 2022, the largest police station upgrade program in a generation, as well as specialist equipment and technology for police.

12 specialist officers will work across the Mildura division, targeting family violence.

17 Police Custody Officers and 3 Supervising PCO’s have been delivered and as of January 2018, more than 4,713 shifts have been delivered at Mildura police station, helping to free up police officers to return to the frontline.

The government’s record investment in Victoria Police is having an impact with the latest crime statistics showing the number of offences in the Mildura Local Government Area dropped by 0.4 per cent.

Property and deception offences dropped 16 per cent (2769 offences compared to 3295), with theft down 16.7 per cent (1353 offences compared to 1624)

Crimes against the person dropped 0.8 per cent (1122 offences compared to 1131), with assault and related offences rose 5.5 per cent (733 offences compared to 695).

Since July 2015, the government has also provided $722,000 in funding under the Community Crime Prevention program for nine projects to improve community safety in the Mildura LGA.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP said police officers deserve the best equipment, facilities and resources to support the crucial work they do in fighting crime and protecting the community.

“ We are giving them that,” he said  “Mildura is already seeing the benefits of the government’s record funding for Victoria Police, with the number of offences in the Mildura Local Government Area dropping 0.4 per cent in 2017.”

“The new CSS 2018/19 initiatives on top of the additional police resources for Mildura, new laws and police powers will continue to have an impact on crime in Mildura and across the state.”