More police on the beat in Glen Eira, Kingston and Bayside thanks to custody officers

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its election promise to deploy 400 Police Custody Officers (PCOs) at police stations across Victoria to free up police to return to the frontline and protect the community.

The final PCOs graduated recently, with the number of police officers performing custody shifts at police station jails dropping by more than 90 per cent at the 22 stations where PCOs are stationed.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos said that PCOs at Moorabbin Police have delivered more than 3700 shifts since January 2016, helping to release police officers from custody duties so they can focus on catching criminals and targeting their attention on keeping our community safe.

The Labor Government invested $148.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2015/16 with PCOs now in place in areas across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

PCOs and Supervising PCOs have become a valued and skilled part of some of Victoria’s busiest police stations, managing prisoners in cells, supporting police, supervising offenders and transporting them to and from court.

The Government announced a new Supervising PCO role early last year, with 56 now in place across the state, leading a team of PCOs and further freeing up police time to prioritise frontline duties.

The safety of the community is the Labor Government’s highest priority with an additional 3,135 new frontline police being recruited. This is in contrast to the Liberals who cut front-line police when they were in government.

The Labor Government is delivering a massive community safety boost through it historic $2 billion Community Safety Statement, including more resources, tough new laws and police powers, improved mobile technology, new and upgraded police stations and training facilities.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos MP

“Our PCOs play a vital role in managing prisoners in police stations and they also free up more police so they can focus on what they do best – preventing crime, catching criminals, reducing harm and keeping the community safe.”

“With PCOs now in place at Moorabbin we’re seeing a huge reduction in the number of police officers carrying out custody shifts and more opportunity for police to get out into our community.”