The newly refurbished Portarlington Police Station has been unveiled, which will accommodate a dedicated team of officers who will be permanently allocated to the station.
The Minister for Police and Emergency Services and local member, Lisa Neville today joined Acting Assistant Commissioner Debra Robertson in touring the newly refurbished station on Newcombe Street.
The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $350,000 in funding for the new fit-for-purpose facility ensuring an improved police presence at the station and providing the station’s eight officers the space and resources to carry out their duties.
Refurbishment works and the dedicated team were in place ahead of the busy summer tourist period to ensure that locals and visitors alike could be confident in local police efforts and a strong police presence to keep the community safe.
The station has been upgraded to include state-of-the-art IT equipment that will allow for operations and investigations to be conducted from the Portarlington location by other units and provide the community with faster outcomes.
The refurbishment also includes docking stations for body worn cameras to be store securely, additional personal locker rooms, a new equipment and interview room, additional storage space and a new steel carport.
The station has also been renovated to include a new and separate custody entry point.
Of the 3,135 new police recruits being deployed across the state, the Geelong Division has received 58 new positions in 2020, of which eight were allocated to Portarlington.
Since 2016, the Andrews Labor Government has provided an additional 149 police officers to the Geelong Division which services the Bellarine. The Bellarine response zone has seen an increase in 35 members since 2016, ensuring the safety of residents and the many thousands of tourists who flock to the Bellarine Peninsula.
This increase in staffing has enabled a greater policing response and presence along the northern edge of the Bellarine Peninsula, including the communities of Curlewis, Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Portarlington, St Leonards and Indented Head.
Communities across North Bellarine can expect to see an increased police presence on the street, with officers proactively working together – with the help of resources at the improved Portarlington station – addressing issues such as family violence, assault, youth offending and road safety.
The eight dedicated officers will ensure that North Bellarine is well resourced and Portarlington and surrounding suburbs remain safe.
The refurbishment forms part of the biggest funding boost to police services in the history of Victoria, with the government providing more than $3 billion to fund thousands more police, implement strengthened laws and increase resources to keep communities across the state safe.