Revelations that Daniel Andrews is planning to both introduce police kiosks without actual police and to revive the police station “super sites” policy shows yet again how out of touch he is with the community when it comes to policing in Victoria.
Despite crime up over 16% under Daniel Andrews, numerous police stations have already been closed or had their opening hours cut. Is it any wonder that Victorians don’t feel safe in their own homes, as the Police Minister Lisa Neville admitted earlier this year.
Putting a telephone and computer in a kiosk without an actual police officer is no substitute for the real thing. When Victorians are in fear or need help they want to speak to a real police officer, not a robot or an automated voice message.
Victorians have said time and time again they want their police stations open serving their local community in a proactive way, but the revival of the “super site” policy by Daniel Andrews puts the future of scores of smaller police stations at risk.
Daniel Andrews must come clean about which police stations will close or have their opening hours cut as a result of this flawed policy.
A future Matthew Guy Government will work with the Chief a Commissioner to see police stations open and serving their community as part of the Liberal Nationals proactive policing agenda.