Crime Fighters In CBD Crackdown

11 June 2016

Minister for Police Lisa Neville has joined Victoria Police on patrol in the heart of Melbourne to see first-hand responses to inner-city crime issues including drug and alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.

Ms Neville was briefed by police command on the new My City policing model before joining a late-night shift on the eve of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

As Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport trial continues to bring more people into the CBD, police have transformed their city operation to support the increased foot traffic.

My City operates in the Melbourne and Yarra local government areas every Friday and Saturday nights, with dozens of CCTV cameras monitored around the clock.

A number of different police units work together with Ambulance Victoria paramedics to quickly respond to incidents before they become bigger problems.

Police command work closely with the City of Melbourne to help the city’s visitors, workers and residents stay safe in the CBD.

Officers continue to target crime hot spots using intelligence as well as data from the City of Melbourne and Ambulance Victoria to detect trouble before it happens.

The State Police Operations Centre is a central control point where a network of cameras keeps watch over the CBD, allowing police to deploy patrols and vehicles to incidents quickly.

The Andrews Labor Government is spending $15 million on a new 24/7 Monitoring and Assessment Centre – modelled on a system used by the New York City Police Department – to give police the intelligence they need to fight crime.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides a huge boost to police resources, with funding for 406 new sworn police and 52 support personnel as part of a $596 million investment.

The Labor Government is working closely with the Chief Commissioner to ensure police have the resources they need to keep pace with our growing city.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“Melbourne is a global city, and our police officers do an outstanding job to tackling challenging crime issues to keep people safe 24/7.”

“This new model of policing means Victoria Police have eyes and ears everywhere in their fight against alcohol-fuelled violence, public disorder and anti-social behaviour."

"The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promise to give police the people, powers and technology to get on with the job of fighting crime and keeping the community safe.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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