Community Safety

3,135 More Police

The Andrews Labor Government’s $2 billion Be a Force for Good campaign will recruit 3,135 more police to keep our community safe – the biggest recruitment in Victorian history. The first new officers will hit the beat in February, 2017. Read more.

Police Custody Officers at Moorabbin Police

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included funding for 400 Police Custody Officers, with a local deployment of 10 police custody officers at Moorabbin Police Station. These officers perform custody management tasks in police cells and supervise police prisoners in court, freeing up sworn officers to get back on the beat: investigating crime and patroling our streets to keep the community safe.

Strengthening Youth Justice

The responsibility for youth justice in Victoria will move to the Department of Justice and Regulation. Corrections Victoria will permanently manage the security of all youth justice facilities, and a new high-security youth justice centre will be built. There will be longer detention periods, more intensive control programs, and a new offence targeting adults who use kids to commit crime under sweeping reforms to the youth justice system being undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government. Read more:

Major Shake Up of Victoria’s Bail System

The Government will ensure magistrates are available after hours to consider bail applications for people charged with violent offences where police oppose bail. The Government has also asked former Supreme Court Judge and Director of Public Prosecutions, Justice the Honourable Paul Coghlan, to provide urgent advice to the Government about additional changes to Victoria’s bail system that will best manage risk and maximise community safety. Read more.

Tough New Laws

The Government has proclaimed four new offences – carjacking, aggravated carjacking, home invasion and aggravated home invasion – to give police the laws they need to keep the community safe. Bail has also been tightened, with a presumption against bail for aggravated carjacking, home invasion and aggravated home invasion. This means the accused will need to justify why they should not be remanded. There is community concern about these crimes, and the Andrews Labor Government have fast-tracked these laws to help keep the community safe. Read more.

A 10 Year Plan to End Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government established Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence, and will deliver all 227 recommendations made by the Commission to build a new system that protects families and punishes perpetrators. Family Violence is Victoria’s number one Law and Order issue, and the Andrews Labor Government’s 10 Year Plan is the strongest stand against it ever taken by any Australian government. Read more and watch the Premier’s video.