65 new cops... but none for us

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

THERE are 65 new po­lice of­fi­cers to be de­ployed to re­gional sta­tions in the com­ing months.

And not one of those is head­ing for Rochester.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh is once again call­ing on the Po­lice Min­is­ter to sta­tion more po­lice in both Rochester and Kyabram.

Mr Walsh said Cam­paspe should be one of the Po­lice Ser­vice Ar­eas (PSAs) to be in­cluded in the an­nounce­ment by the Po­lice Min­is­ter.

‘‘Three years of ne­glect by the Mel­bourne La­bor Gov­ern­ment has left the com­mu­ni­ties of Rochester and Kyabram at the mercy of vi­o­lence and crime,’’ he said.

‘‘And lo­cal me­dia re­ports clearly in­di­cate that there is no re­prieve in sight.

“Res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly el­derly res­i­dents, are fear­ful and in­se­cure be­cause of the ob­vi­ous lack of po­lice cov­er­age in the area.’’

Mr Walsh said ‘‘what we need is more full time po­lice’’.

‘‘Po­lice who are res­i­dents in the town­ships and al­lo­cated to the sta­tions per­ma­nently,’’ he said.

‘‘De­spite a very vo­cal and ac­tive cam­paign by both com­mu­ni­ties for ad­di­tional polic­ing re­sources this gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to con­cen­trate its ef­forts on Mel­bourne and its fringe growth ar­eas.

‘‘The com­mu­ni­ties of Rochester, Lock­ing­ton, Gun­bower, Kyabram, Ton­gala and other out­ly­ing ar­eas are un­der siege and I am again call­ing on the Po­lice Min­is­ter Lisa Neville to act.’’

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