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".