The new $15 million Mernda Police Station – funded by the Andrews Labor Government – opened its doors today, bolstering frontline police numbers in the area and providing local police with the state-of-the-art facilities they need to keep the community safe.
Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green met with Superintendent Tim Hansen to tour the new 24-hour station and meet with the new police officers and local community members.
The opening of this purpose-built station fulfils an election commitment and was funded in the Victorian Budget 2015/16. It will provide 24-hour counter service and round-the-clock patrols, which start this weekend.
Victoria’s newest police station includes specially designed interview rooms, conference rooms, discrete public consultation facilities, high-level security and new staff facilities.
It will house uniform police officers, the Family Violence Unit, the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team, the Pro-Active Programs Unit and other staff.
The Labor Government’s $2 billion Community Safety Statement is giving Victoria Police the resources, powers and laws it needs to prevent, detect and disrupt crime.
We have invested more than $190 million on 43 police station infrastructure projects since coming to government, and are completely replacing ten police stations statewide.
This is the largest single investment in the force’s history and is deploying more police on the street, more proactive patrols and more resources to address crime.
The Mernda Police Station has been allocated 45 of the first 300 new police officers, as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to deploy 3,135 new police over five years, on top of attrition.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville
“This new police station, with the 45 additional police, will provide invaluable policing support to the growing community of Mernda. It will ensure that community has the police it needs.”
“We are listening to Victoria Police and the community about what they need, and we will continue to respond through our record investment.”
Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“Victorians are flocking to Mernda and Melbourne’s north, and the new police station will help meet the growth we are seeing and support the police response right across the area.“