Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews meets police after announcing an increase of more than 400 officers in the upcoming state budget. The package includes 300 front line police officers, a further 106 specialist police and 52 support personnel.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews meets police after announcing an increase of more than 400 officers in the upcoming state budget. The package includes 300 front line police officers, a further 106 specialist police and 52 support personnel. AAP Image - Angus Livingston

Victoria police get $600m funding boost

VICTORIA Police will get 406 new officers as part of a $596 million funding boost to combat the rise of gangland crime.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the budget increase would pay for 300 new front-line police officers, 106 specialist officers - including additions to the anti-gang and illicit trafficking teams - and 52 support staff.

The upcoming state budget also will fund new crime-fighting technology, including a heavy armoured vehicle and three new bulletproof vehicles.

Bomb robots, night-vision and special surveillance camera equipment also will be deployed, along with new computers, mobile technology, body-worn cameras and anti-ballistics vests for front-line police.

Victoria's crime rate increased by 8.1% last year, according to the Crime Statistics Agency.

Opposition leader Edward O'Donohue called the funds "a drop in the ocean of what is required".


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