Giving regional Police the facilities they need17/11/2016
More than 30 police stations across regional Victoria are being upgraded, replaced or refurbished as the Victorian Government’s $36.8 million police infrastructure program kicks into gear.
Work will ramp up in the coming months to ensure regional police are working in modern facilities to support their local communities. The package includes:
- seven new stations in regional Victoria – at Colac, Murtoa, Bright, Warburton, Mallacoota, Cowes and Corryong – to replace old and outdated stations
- refurbishing 15 stations at Bacchus Marsh, Bairnsdale, Benalla, Churchill, Cobden, Geelong, Lakes Entrance, Maffra, Moe, Mount Buller, Portland, Rosebud, Sorrento, Warragul and Warrnambool
- replacing or refurbishing ten police residences to support officers living and working in regional towns.
Station upgrades are already underway at Rosebud and Churchill – with works at other stations due to commence shortly. All 15 station refurbishments are expected to be finished by the middle of 2017.
The Government has fast-tracked the recruitment of 406 new police; announced this year to get more officers on the beat sooner. In the next 12 months, around 1000 police, Protective Services Officers and Police Custody Officers will be in training at the Victoria Police Academy.