My question is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the information I seek is: will the minister commit to funding the police officers needed to open the Somerville police station in next month’s state budget?
I have repeatedly called on the minister for police to put aside petty politics and finally open the badly needed Somerville police station. Built by the coalition state government in 2014, this state-of-the-art police station still awaits its first local police officer.
Unfortunately my requests have fallen on deaf ears, while at the same time local crime has escalated and our overworked Hastings police officers are stretched more thinly every day.
At 10.00 pm on Friday, 16 October 2020, on Baxter-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale, a 22-year-old lady was travelling home from work when she was forced off the road by a car driven by two males, who blocked her car in and then tried to force their way into her car.
Fortunately, the young lady had her doors locked and thought quickly enough to drive her car up and over the gutter and along the footpath, escaping her attackers.
This shocking incident has left this young lady terrified. It is hoped these perpetrators will be caught quickly and before they try the same thing on another unsuspecting driver.
The community deeply respects and appreciates the work our local police do. However, it is essential that we have a visible police presence with adequate resources to keep our community safe, and I seek the minister’s urgent assistance to rectify this worsening situation.