Crime prevention community safety | June 16, 2015

Bath calls on Labor to fund crime prevention programs

Tuesday 16th June 2015

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has called on the Andrews Labor Government to commit to funding community focused crime prevention programs such as Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers and Step Back Think.

“There is no specific funding for these important grass root programs in Labor’s budget and I’m concerned that without a formalised commitment by the Andrews Government these programs could fall by the way side,” Ms Bath said.

Speaking in parliament last week Ms Bath said during its term in office the Coalition Government had provided $550,000 to Neighbourhood Watch which aims to minimise preventable crime and promote stronger community ties 

“It is my understanding that this funding is due to expire this year,” Ms Bath told the parliament. 

Ms Bath said the Coalition had also funded $800,000 over four years for the Step Back Think Program which had helped to educate thousands of students each year on the consequences of a violent decision made in a split second. 

“Step Back Think was started in 2006 after James Macready-Bryan was hit violently after a night out and the program works passionately to eradicate social violence,” Ms Bath said. 

“It would be a real loss to the community and our young people if Labor were to let this program fold.”

Ms Bath said Crime Stoppers was a well-respected not-for-profit organisation which since its inception in 1987 had processed over 600,000 calls from the community, making information available that had led to many charges and arrests.

“Every week Victoria Police arrest between 15 and 20 criminals thanks to Crime Stoppers,” Ms Bath said.

“These three not-for-profit organisations are very important to Victorians and I have asked the Minister for Police to fund them adequately so they can continue to serve Victorians for many years to come.”

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