Findings from a survey released today by The Police Association reveal the failure of the Andrews Labor Government to ensure community safety around the Richmond drug injecting facility.
The survey of frontline general duties and criminal investigation unit members in the Yarra Police Service Area and found:
· 80 per cent of surveyed members believe that crime has increased around the precinct in which the facility is located since it first opened;
· members perceive that crimes against the person, property crime, drug related crime and anti-social behaviour, have all increased; and
· there has been an increase in complaints from local residents and local traders and an increased feeling amongst the local community that the area is no longer safe.
The Police Association also made note of the absence of additional specific police resources to the area to counter increases in criminal and anti-social activity since the facility opened.
Labor has failed to plan for the safety impacts of its drug injecting facility and has ignored the concerns of the community.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:
“The Andrews Labor Government have failed to deliver the promised additional police officers to patrol the area around the facility.
The Richmond injecting centre is an important trial that Daniel Andrews and Labor have completely mismanaged. This has placed lives at risk and community safety in jeopardy.
Daniel Andrews has not only changed the goal posts for the trial period and therefore compromised the results but he has also failed to keep his promise of a greater police presence.”