Thursday, 22 September, 2016

Police in Narre Warren are helping to drive down family violence incidents and reduce motor vehicle theft as it strengthens its frontline response across the Casey area.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley for a tour of Narre Warren Police Station, where they commended police for playing a critical role in keeping the community safe.

Additional police patrols are saturating the area’s crime hotspots to target motor vehicle theft – with Operation Cosmas making more than 180 arrests for aggravated burglaries and carjackings.

Proactive foot patrols around the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre are also helping to fight crime, while police are working with local retailers to build community confidence.

Local counselling group Heavy M.E.T.A.L.Men’s Education Towards Anger and Life is working in the area to break the cycle of family violence – encouraging men to lead a non-violent lifestyle, and take responsibility for their behaviour, attitudes and emotions.

The Andrews Labor Government is working to fix our broken family violence system by implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

In response to violent crime, the Labor Government introduced legislation last month to create tough new offences for carjacking and home invasion to give police the laws they need to bring violent offenders to justice.

The $596 million Public Safety Package announced in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 is funding 406 new police and new mobile technology. The successful Police Custody Officer program has been fast-tracked to help free up police to return to frontline duties.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“It’s great to see the local police at Narre Warren working hard to address the scourge of family violence and other crime which is having a major impact on community safety.”

“We have funded hundreds of additional police – who over the next 12 months – will start rolling out across the state.”

Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“More police resources and tougher laws will help authorities target aggravated burglaries and carjackings in our community – and that’s what this government is getting on with.”

“It’s great to see police in Narre Warren working proactively around shopping centres and other public spaces to drive down crime.”