22 February 2018
Police numbers must be returned to the levels they were in November 2014 when Daniel Andrews was elected, says State Member for Western Victoria Joshua Morris.
The police employee numbers, released Wednesday, showed another reduction in full-time sworn police numbers in the Ballarat PSA, with the number of full-time equivalent sworn police down from 126.26 FTE in September 2017 to 124.00 FTE (full time equivalent) in December 2017.
This represents a reduction of 9.95 FTE since Daniel Andrews was elected in November 2014, or a cut of 7.43%.
Mr Morris said the people of Ballarat deserved better.
“In the same week that a Ballarat resident was robbed and assaulted in his own car, we find out that yet again, police numbers are being cut in Ballarat,” Mr Morris said.
“While people are feeling unsafe in their homes due a sustained wave of home invasions and carjackings, Daniel Andrews and Labor has been taking police off the beat in Ballarat.”
“Not only have we had to endure the cutting of police numbers in Ballarat, but since being elected Daniel Andrews has weakened bail laws and provided weak responses to the victims of this crime epidemic.”
“This cut in police numbers is entirely unacceptable, the people of Ballarat deserve better.”
The Liberal Party has so far announced 26 law-and-order polices in the lead-up to the state election to be held on 24 November 2018.
These can be found at makevictoriasafeagain.org.au.