LAND TO BE ACQUIRED FOR FUTURE POINT COOK POLICE STATION
The first step in the development of a future Point Cook Police Station begins today, with the Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocating funds to search for and acquire land in the growing community.
Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy today welcomed the allocation, describing it as a significant first step in building a police station in Point Cook.
The 2018/19 police infrastructure budget will allocate funds to search for and acquire land for a new police station in the Point Cook area and also includes funding to rebuild the Melbourne East Police Station.
With the availability of land limited in the growing Point Cook community these first steps will ensure a suitable site is located.
This announcement comes on top of the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in Victoria Police, with 3,135 new police being recruited over the next four years.
Already the Point Cook and broader Wyndham community are seeing the benefits of this boost to police numbers, with 27 new police on the beat and a further 12 to be deployed in the next year.
Bolstered by these new officers, police in Wyndham have driven down crime in the community. The offence rate per 100,000 dropped by 10.9 per cent in the year to December 2017. The number of offences recorded in the Point Cook locality followed similar trend dropping nine per cent when compared to the previous year.
While these are positive signs for the community there is more work to be done, which is why this investment in land acquisition continues the Labor record of funding police in Wyndham.
Unlike the previous Liberal Government, which cut funding to our state’s police force, the Labor Government is delivering the biggest increase in personnel, powers and capability in Victoria Police’s history.
Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy MP
“Only Labor Governments have delivered new police resources to Wyndham — we built Wyndham North Police Station, we are rebuilding Werribee Police Station and now we are taking the first steps for a police station for Point Cook.”
“This funding will ensure an appropriate site is located to meet the future policing needs of Point Cook and surrounds.”
“I am proud to have secured this critical first step for our community, and will continue to advocate for more police, more protection, and more prevention for my electorate.”