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From the Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Kim Wells

The Hon Kim Wells MLA

More police and Protective Services Officers (PSOs) will patrol the streets and train platforms of Victoria following graduation ceremonies today at the State’s Police Academy.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today urged holidaymakers to avoid driver fatigue and reduce the risk of an accident by stopping at Driver Reviver sites across the state this Easter.

A new $1.45 million CFA fire station at Millgrove in the Yarra Ranges Shire will also incorporate Victoria’s fourth Community Fire Refuge.

A new report released today will assist in better protecting Victorian communities in the case of major emergencies such as bushfires, electricity disruptions and chemical spills.

Premier Denis Napthine today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government will provide $8 million to build a new police station and emergency services hub in the Ballarat West growth area.

Premier Denis Napthine today joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells at Burwood Station to mark the 100th rail station at which Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have been deployed across Melbourne’s rail network.

A new $639,000 CFA station will increase the capacity of firefighters to protect lives and save property for the Flowerdale community and surrounding areas.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells has announced a major boost for water safety in Melbourne’s southeast with a $3.6 million redevelopment of the Mordialloc Lifesaving Club.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today joined with Victoria Police to launch the ‘The Road to Zero – it starts with you’ campaign calling for motorists to take ownership and help drive down the state’s road toll.

National Emergency Medals have been presented to 123 CFA members from the Alexandra Group of brigades for their extraordinary service during the devastating 2009 bushfires.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells has paid tribute to the ABC for its decade as an official emergency broadcaster in Victoria. 

Crime statistics will be more accessible and transparent under the Victorian Coalition Government’s new independent Crime Statistics Agency (CSA).

The opening of a new CFA fire station and SES building unit in Marong will boost emergency response capabilities in the City of Greater Bendigo.

The Victorian Coalition Government today unveiled a world-first study into the causes of serious injury crashes that will cement the state’s status as a global leader in road trauma prevention.

A $2.5 million investment in Victoria Police resources and processes will ensure warrants will be available to all police electronically within one to four days of their issue, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells announced today.

Eligible small businesses in Morwell, indirectly affected by a loss of income as a result of the Hazelwood Mine Fire, will be able to apply for new $100,000 concessional loans under the jointly-funded Commonwealth and State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Victoria’s long-running Crime Stoppers program has continued to demonstrate its value with calls from the public recording a 9.3 per cent increase last year, resulting in a record 1,115 arrests.

Speeding, dangerous driving and drug or alcohol-affected drivers will be targeted in a major Victoria Police operation this Labour Day long weekend.

The Victorian Coalition Government will match last year’s record funding for a key grants program that assists emergency services volunteers purchase extra tools and equipment they need to keep the community safe.

The Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells today announced that low-interest concessional loans have now been made available to eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by the February 2014 bushfires.