EIGHT additional police officers will be allocated to the Warrnambool and Southern Grampians police districts.
They will be stationed at their new posts by June 30 next year.
Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine yesterday welcomed the frontline police roll-out which he said would have enormous benefits for community safety.
The additional police are on top of the eight officers allocated to Warrnambool last year.
“These extra officers will be a welcome addition to the beat in the region and will help improve community safety,” Dr Napthine said. Dr Napthine said the state government was committed to delivering 1700 new recruits by 2014.
He said by June next year, 1200 of these new officers will have been allocated across Victoria since the government came to office.
Southern Grampians police Inspector Don Downes said two new sergeants were already stationed at Portland and Hamilton and an extra detective had been appointed at Hamilton.
A new youth resource officer has also been appointed to a dedicated four-person youth team.
Inspector Downes said a dedicated unit had also been established in an effort to reduce family violence incidents across the district. “It is a significant issue and there will be a greater focus there,” he said. “There are also further police resources to come.”