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New Police Officers

New Police Officers

More Police In Colac Than Ever Before

More than 20 new police officers have commenced across Geelong, Colac and the Surf Coast since July, as part of the biggest investment in regional policing in Victoria Police’s 167-year history.

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In March, it was announced the Geelong and Surf Coast Police Service Areas would receive 63 additional police over the coming twelve months - the most significant number of new police ever provided to the region in one allotment.

Since this announcement, eight frontline Constables have already started at stations across Bellarine, Torquay, Colac and Winchelsea, while a new Sergeant has also commenced at Portarlington and will lead a team of eight permanent police members.

A total of 13 additional shared divisional resources, including family violence detectives, sex offences and child abuse detectives, criminal investigators, and highway patrol members, are also already embedded within the local community.

The community will soon see even more police on the beat, with 17 further officers set to join by early April 2021, across Corio, Lara, Portarlington, Torquay, Waurn Ponds and Colac.

On top of this, the region will also welcome another 24 specialised members working across family violence, sex offences and child abuse, highway patrol, criminal investigations and crime scene services during this time.

These resources are part of 788 new police and 25 Protective Services Officers (PSOs) being deployed across the state in 2020/21, which includes more than 350 frontline police bound for regional Victoria.

The new police are funded as part of the State Government’s Community Safety Statement, which is responsible for the deployment of 2,729 new officers across the state between 2018 and 2022.

Superintendent Craig Gillard said the new resources had already provided a substantial boost to policing efforts across the local community.

“The new members we have been allocated have allowed us to further enhance our response across several key areas.”

“We used these new resources to establish the Geelong Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Proactive Investigation Team, which proactively targets some of our region’s most heinous offenders and puts them behind bars as soon as possible.”

“We’ve also boosted the number of family violence detectives in the region, who will continue to work as part of Operation Ribbon to proactively check in on those who are assessed as high risk future victims or perpetrators of family violence.

Superintendent Gillard also said the injection of frontline officers and highway patrol members received to date will see police well placed to keep the community safe over the summer months.

“We’ve now got more police officers along the surf coast and on the regions roads than ever before, ensuring we can not only identify criminal behaviour and dangerous driving, which we traditionally know has significant consequences over the summer months.”

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