Waverley Leader: Copping it sweet in Monash

May 29th, 2011 posted by
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BY MICHELLE CARNOVALE

SIX more police will join the Monash ranks next month, with the city’s top cop confident that more officers are on the way.

Police Insp Graeme Sprague has welcomed the boost to Monash in the Baillieu Government’s first round of extra officers for the state.

Monash is one of 46 sites across Victoria that will have extra operational members by late May.

Insp Sprague said of the six staff, four would be detectives based at the Monash CIU in Oakleigh, while the Glen Waverley station would receive an extra sergeant and the Highway Patrol an extra constable.

He dismissed concerns the Mt Waverley station was heavily understaffed, saying the initial extra members would fill the most urgent gaps and future boosts to local forces would be spread out across all four Monash stations — Mt Waverley, Glen Waverley, Clayton and Oakleigh.

“We are certainly very appreciative of the extra resources coming our way,” Insp Sprague said.

He said the four CIU detectives had been recruited to target burglaries and high-volume crime, one of Monash’s primary focuses this year.

Mt Waverley Liberal MP Michael Gidley said it was “no surprise” Monash had been identified as needing additional police resources.

During the state election campaign last November, Premier Ted Baillieu pledged to make Mt Waverley a 24-hour station.

“As a local resident, I know these additional six frontline police officers will help in the battle to restore public safety in Monash,” Mr Gidley said in a statement.

“However, this is just the beginning. The Coalition will boost public safety by recruiting and training an additional 1700 frontline officers.”

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