The announcement today by the Andrews Labor Government of a new crime reporting hotline will come as little comfort to Victorians struggling to get Police to respond when they need it most.
Emergency calls to Police are only effective if there are sufficient frontline officers in the local area who are ready and able to respond.
Over recent months, Victorians have witnessed examples in Apollo Bay and Point Cook where residents have called 000 during home invasions and robberies, yet due to resourcing issues, were unable to get a response from Police.
When residents are left fending for themselves in incidents such as these, and with violent crimes at record highs in Victoria, it’s little wonder Victorians aren’t feeling safe in their neighbourhoods, on public transport or in their own homes.
Daniel Andrews must step up and ensure Victoria Police have the resources they need to respond to urgent calls for assistance and keep the community safe.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:
“A new police phone number will not plug the hole in Victoria’s frontline policing numbers.”
“When people call for emergency assistance they need someone who will be there to help them, not just answer the phone and leave people to fend for themselves.”
“Daniel Andrews must ensure Victoria Police have enough resources so when people call for emergency assistance police will be there to attend, not just answer a phone.”