Members Statement – Police Custody Officers

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — On 8 January this year I had the pleasure to represent the police minister on behalf of the Andrews government to welcome and congratulate Victoria’s first police custody officers who graduated from the Victoria Police Academy. It was an honour, on behalf of the Andrews Labor government, to join the Chief Commissioner of Police as well as friends and families of the graduates for this significant milestone, the commencement of the rollout of our first custody officers.

The Andrews Labor government delivered a record $2.5 billion to Victoria Police in its first budget.

Mr Pearson — How much?

Mr CARROLL — It was $2.5 billion. This is more than the opposition ever did when in government. We have significantly increased police resources, funding almost 700 additional police personnel in our first term of government. The government is delivering on this important election commitment, and we look forward to more police returning to the front line as the custody officers are progressively rolled out. With funding of $148 million, the Andrews Labor government is redeploying 400 extra police back on the beat by introducing custody officers into police stations from January this year.

The first squad to graduate — thanks to the Daniel Andrews Labor government’s $148 million strategy to recruit, train and deploy 400 police custody officers in police stations, many in regional Victoria — is a significant milestone and an important event, particularly for regional Victoria. It will put more police officers back on the beat.

I finish with a quote from the police minister which appeared in the Age on 5 October 2015:

Custody officers will play a critical role in community safety by allowing more police to do what they do best — fight and prevent crime.