After years of starving Canberra’s police force of resources and frontline officers, the Labor Government needs to demonstrate greater support for ACT Policing in the upcoming ACT Budget, Shadow Police Minister Giulia Jones said.
Today in the ACT Legislative Assembly, Mrs Jones will move a motion calling on the ACT Government to restore police funding and increase the number of frontline officers in the upcoming ACT Budget. It follows millions of dollars of funding cuts and reductions in frontline police officer numbers.
“In the 2013-14 ACT Budget, Treasurer Andrew Barr cut more than $15 million from police funding,” Mrs Jones said.
“Labor promised that there would be no cuts to frontline police staff.
“Clearly, the government broke its promise and has made no attempt to make good on its word in subsequent budgets.
“There are now 75 fewer frontline police officers than at the beginning of the decade, all the while Canberra’s population has grown by more than 50,000.
“The ACT has the smallest police force per capita.
“After 18 years in office, it’s time Labor started supporting our police.
“I call on the government to restore the funding cuts and to increase the size of our frontline police force in the upcoming ACT budget,” Mrs Jones concluded.