People in Dandenong will see more police on the streets, with an additional 12 frontline police officers starting with local police stations this month, following record investment from the Andrews Labor Government for the biggest boost to resources in Victoria Police’s history.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, welcomed the 12 new police who will service communities in the Dandenong Division. Over the coming months an additional 34 will be leaving the academy and joining the ranks at our local police stations.

These police officers are part of the Labor Government’s 3,135 new police which are being deployed to communities across Victoria.

Each year, allocations for communities across the state are determined by Victoria Police’s Staffing Allocation Model, which examines key data to ensure local communities have the police resources they need. Last year 50 new police were deployed to the Dandenong Division, already making an impact on crime rate.

The Staff Allocation Model was developed by Victoria Police in consultation with the Police Association and is endorsed by the Labor Government.

The Labor Government’s continued investment into Victoria Police is already starting to make a difference, with the crime rate in Greater Dandenong down 11.7 per cent, according to the latest independent statistics.

The new police officers will be out in the community protecting residents and helping to reduce crime.

The Labor Government’s Community Safety Statement, is underpinned by a record $2 billion investment that is giving police the resources, powers and laws it needs to keep Victoria safe.

This stands in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who failed to invest in one single additional officer, cut $100 million from the Victoria Police budget and slashed 350 frontline justice staff.