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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its election promise to deploy 400 Police Custody Officers (PCOs) at police stations across Victoria to free up police to return to the frontline and protect the community.

Labor State Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan have welcomed the news that all PCOs are now in position at Bendigo Police Station.

The final PCOs graduated on Friday, with the number of police officers performing custody shifts at police station jails dropping by more than 90 per cent at the 22 stations where PCOs are stationed.

Bendigo Police Station now has 21 PCO’s and 4 Supervising PCO’s

At Bendigo, PCOs have delivered 6438 shifts since January 2016, helping to release police officers from custody duties so they can focus on catching criminals and targeting their attention on keeping our community safe. 

The Labor Government delivered $148.6 million in the 2015-16 State Budget with PCOs now in place in areas across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

PCOs and Supervising PCOs have become a valued and skilled part of some of Victoria’s busiest police stations, managing prisoners in cells, supporting police, supervising offenders and transporting them to and from court.

The government announced a new Supervising PCO role early last year, with 56 now in place across the state, leading a team of PCOs and further freeing up police time to prioritise frontline duties.

The safety of the community is the government’s highest priority with an additional 3,135 new frontline police to be delivered on top of attrition over the coming years.

The first 300 police have already been allocated to Victoria’s booming growth areas with more police officers to be allocated when and where they’re needed most.

The Labor Government is delivering a massive community safety boost through it historic $2 billion Community Safety Statement, including more resources, tough new laws and police powers, improved mobile technology, new and upgraded police stations and training facilities. 

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards:

“Our PCOs play a vital role in managing prisoners in police stations and they also free up more police so they can focus on what they do best – preventing crime, catching criminals, reducing harm and keeping the Bendigo community safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan:

“With PCOs now in place at Bendigo Police Station we’re seeing a huge reduction in the number of police officers carrying out custody shifts and more opportunity for police to get out into our community.”

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