Police presence up

March 06, 2018

The Shepparton police service area is set to receive two new officers and five new family violence specialists as part of Victoria Police’s roll-out of additional staff.

The additional 825 positions across the state were announced yesterday, which included 300 officers and 208 family violence specialist roles that will be deployed across 12 months from May this year.

Shepparton will receive two new officers and was the only area within the Goulburn Valley to be allocated new staff.

The eastern region will receive 61 new family violence specialists, with Morwell (10), Box Hill (eight), Wangaratta (seven) and Bairnsdale (six) receiving more than Shepparton (five).

Shepparton police Inspector Troy Hargadon said any increase in resources was certainly welcomed.

‘‘It enables us to continue the work we do,’’ he said.

Insp Hargadon said the new specialists would form part of an investigative team dedicated solely to family violence matters.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the total allocation of 825 staff was just the first of 2729 officers being deployed by July 2022.

‘‘As with all further rounds, these resources have been allocated to the areas of greatest need, as determined by our staff allocation model,’’ he said.

‘‘This is a more sophisticated approach than has previously been used to ensure we are getting maximum benefits from the investments made.’’

As part of the new roll-out, a further 93 additional members are being deployed across some specialist areas such as road policing, counter-terrorism, intelligence and covert support, professional standards and transit and public safety commands, and the legal services department.

Some 103 positions will help deliver Victoria Police’s first parental leave backfill program.

An additional 121 police will help deliver a range of initiatives from the community safety statement, including the police assistance line and online reporting and an expansion of the air wing.

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