More tourists, more locals, more traffic and more crime are demanding a greater police presence in the Geelong and Bellarine regions.
Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, said the Police Minister and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville needs to act quickly.
“While Geelong has an allocation of 15 police this year, that is not clearly enough, and certainly not for the Summer tourism onslaught,” Mr Ramsay said.
“Already crime in Geelong has jumped enormously under the Andrews Government with Lisa Neville holding the police reigns.
“The police are clearly stretched with the increasing daily workload – let alone the extra demands that summer brings to the region,” he said.
Mr Ramsay understands that local police are worried about how they will manage.
“The Police Association is also anxious about the Minister’s police allocations and the capacity of current staffing levels to cope.
Mr Ramsay raised the issue in Parliament today.
“500 police are needed right now to provide the support we need right now.
“We know the Bellarine and Surf Coast will come under population explosion over Summer.
“The Minister needs to activate the police resources right now – not in February – to respond to the historical increase in criminal activity, exacerbated in the holiday period.
“This year’s police allocation was expected to result in a greater police presence – but the reality is – a handful of police over numerous stations is barely recognisable to most people.
“What the region really needs is a significant boost to numbers, not a modicum handout.
“Lisa Neville is perfectly placed to see what is needed, and yet she is failing to recognise the obvious.”