Foreward from the Chief Commissioner
Victoria Police continues to work hard to keep people safe, by assisting those in need, preventing offences from occurring, and detecting and apprehending offenders.
Victoria Police welcomes the Victorian Government’s continued investment in operational policing and specialist personnel, and in our infrastructure and equipment. In an increasingly complex policing environment, better access to technology and specialised equipment, a highly trained police force, and law reform are all essential. These measures will enable us to further strengthen our response to some key issues, including family violence, youth offending, road safety, terrorism, drugs, public disorder and the safety and wellbeing of our staff.
We know that the causes of crime are complex and varied, and keeping the community safe requires government to work together. We are working in partnership across government to ensure that the measures to address and prevent crime are coordinated and, more broadly, there is a strong collaborative response to the key justice challenges facing Victoria. We are also strengthening our proactive engagement with the broader community and working closely with key community stakeholders to ensure that Victorians have confidence in the measures we take.
Victoria Police will continue to deliver on the investment set out in this Statement through the Victoria Police Capability Framework. The Government’s policy priorities in the Statement align with our focus on reducing harm, working more closely with victims, and connecting with the community to ensure they are safe and they feel safe.
As Chief Commissioner, I take very seriously my responsibilities and independence under the Victoria Police Act 2013 to implement the policing policy and priorities of the Government, while being responsible for the management and control of Victoria Police. I accept the priorities set out in this Statement and remain committed to ensuring Victoria continues to be a safe and secure place to live for everyone in our community.
Victoria Police has a long history of keeping the community safe. This investment helps police to maintain that tradition, further enhancing the capabilities of police who are on duty, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, serving the community and working to uphold the right.
Graham Ashton AM