HASTINGS ELECTORATE - FRONTLINE POLICE

My question is to the Minister for Police. The June quarter 2016 Victorian crime statistics show that crime has continued to spiral out of control across Victoria.

It is up 13.4 per cent in local government areas in the Hastings electorate, with the City of Casey up 17.7 per cent, the City of Frankston up 12.5 per cent and the Shire of Mornington Peninsula up 10 per cent.

The statistics also indicate a startling leap of as much as 50 per cent in crime in townships across the Hastings electorate. I ask the minister: when will she commit to providing the additional frontline police that are so badly needed by my community?

Frontline police are urgently needed across my community: at the Hastings police station, to open the Somerville police station and at the Carrum Downs and Cranbourne police stations.

The Premier and the Minister for Police can do no better than claim that the epidemic of home invasions across our state, including in homes such as that of Lisa Stark and her family, is just a very small number. This is a disgraceful attitude from people tasked with keeping our community safe.