Do we need more po­lice of­fi­cers?

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

MANS­FIELD Shire Coun­cil in con­junc­tion with Mans­field Dis­trict Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (MDBA) and other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions will in­ves­ti­gate the need for more po­lice per­son­nel in the re­gion.

Aris­ing from a public meet­ing held last week into se­cu­rity for busi­nesses, the ques­tion was asked why Mans­field did not have enough po­lice of­fi­cers to re­spond quickly to calls for help, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the night.

Mark Poole, owner and op­er­a­tor of the Bon­nie Doon Cen­tral Road­house said when they were the vic­tims of smash and grab bur­glar­ies re­cently it took po­lice far too long to re­spond.

The first in­ci­dent took po­lice 51 min­utes to reach their premises and came from Be­nalla, and the sec­ond time more than two hours.

How­ever, Mr Poole did say that he un­der­stood the rules and reg­u­la­tions im­posed on po­lice, more so the re­cent pol­icy of po­lice at­tend­ing ‘two up’ only.

“But this doesn’t help when you call 000 and re­port a bur­glary in process,” Mr Poole said.

“Faster re­sponse may have caught these crooks be­fore they got away,” he said.

Mans­field’s Se­nior Sergeant Lyn Hol­land said she could not com­ment on the cur­rent sta­tus of staffing at the sta­tion.

But, she did say she un­der­stood the frus­tra­tions of the public.

At the meet­ing Mans­field Shire mayor Marg At­t­ley sug­gested it was some­thing per­haps coun­cil could take up with the min­is­ters for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and po­lice.

“We could work to­gether with oth­ers to see what can be done,” she said.

Pres­i­dent of the MDBA Pam Zierk-Ma­honey sug­gested that the busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion could work with coun­cil and in­vite oth­ers who held con­cerns on po­lice num­bers to band to­gether and make a com­mu­nity push to im­prove mat­ters.

“With the thou­sands of visi­tors to this re­gion all year round, we need more po­lice to keep this com­mu­nity safe,” she said.

Sta­tis­tics on visi­tor num­bers and re­cent crimes in the area will be gath­ered to present to Vic­to­ria Po­lice com­mis­sion­ers and min­is­ters to push for more po­lice pres­ence in the area.

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