Speeches

09
Aug

Clayton police station

Speeches

MR RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) — In March this year Victoria Police were forced to cut services at Clayton police station, with operations reduced to two members providing counter services only during weekday business hours. The decision to cut services followed a Police Association Victoria review which deemed the Clayton police station to be unsafe and not fit for purpose after falling into significant disrepair.

Cuts to police services and the slashing of capital expenditure on police facilities are typical of the Andrews government's failure to effectively resource Victoria Police in the face of unprecedented crime rates across the state. The Andrews government has failed to provide the desperately needed funding required to deliver upgrades to the Clayton police station. This failure by the government places the continued operation of the Clayton police station in doubt, with a real threat of closure looming.

The Liberal-Nationals coalition has committed to providing funding to upgrade the Clayton police station so that it can resume providing the services that the community expects and demands. I call on the government to match the coalition's upgrade pledge and immediately commit to providing the required funding to Victoria Police. Our police deserve to be able to work in a safe environment, and the Clayton community deserves assurances from the government about the future of their local police services.
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