Foreward from the Chief Commissioner

This is the third Community Safety Statement released by the Victorian Government, setting out its key priorities to reduce crime in our State.

Like previous years, the Statement complements Victoria Police's own efforts to effectively discharge our duties and keep the Victorian community safe.

This is a time of significant modernisation for Victoria Police, and the last few years have been a busy period of change. Our progress on reform has been enormous. We continue to use our Capability Plan to inform our ongoing efforts to improve, and in the 2019-20 financial year alone, 17 modernisation projects are due to be delivered.

Due to continued investment from the Victorian Government, including through the Community
Safety Statements, we have been able to deploy much needed new police and roll out major technological improvements including body worn cameras, a new intelligence system and mobile devices. We have also received new powers to properly deal with emerging public safety challenges. This is making Victoria Police more mission ready than ever before.

I welcome this new Statement and the continued investment in police. The Statement highlights the extension of some important programs that are helping us to reduce offending, the introduction of new police powers and offences to help us hold more offenders to account, and new equipment and infrastructure to make our members more capable, flexible and responsive.

I accept the responsibilities outlined in this Statement, and my role in ensuring that the policing policy and priorities of Government are implemented, while also being responsible for the independent management and control of Victoria Police under the Victoria Police Act 2013.

Graham Ashton AM
Chief Commissioner