Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shepparton police to spend more time on the beat

David Lee February 14, 2018

SHEPPARTON Police station is set to get an additional 20 police custody officers (PCO) (when), which will free up police to return to the frontline and protect the community.

The final PCOs graduated recently, with the number of police officers performing custody shifts at police station jails dropping by more than 90 percent at the 22 stations where PCOs are stationed.

At Shepparton PCOs have delivered 3,604 shifts since January 2016, helping to release police officers from custody duties so they can focus on catching criminals and targeting their attention on keeping our community safe.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp has welcomed the news that all PCOs are now in position at Shepparton.

“Our PCOs play a vital role in managing prisoners in police stations and they also free up more police so they can focus on what they do best – preventing crime, catching criminals, reducing harm and keeping the Shepparton community safe.

“With PCOs now in place at Shepparton we’re seeing a huge reduction in the number of police officers carrying out custody shifts and more opportunity for police to get out into our community,” Mr Gepp said.