Law and Order

Its time to change the way we do things

Why it Matters

It is time to change the way we do things when it comes to law and order, policing and sentencing.  Crimes are escalating, our prison systems are over-burdened and little in the way of real solutions is being put forward.  Just saying we need to be “tough on crime” is not enough.

I have never before felt as unsafe in my own suburb as I do now.  I am even careful driving alone at night.  After speaking to many constituents, I know that I am not alone in my concerns.

My Solution

It is time to think outside the box and overhaul our entire system and way of thinking.

I propose the introduction of New York City-style policing concepts that transformed one of the most crime-laden cities into one of the safest cities to live and work in or to visit.  In Victoria this would involve:

  • A shift towards a no-tolerance approach to many crimes
  • Smarter and more coordinated policing efforts, including the use of crime-mapping software
  • Coordinating efforts across agencies which interact with the Police such as child protection
  • Improving services for Victims of Crime to ensure they are proactively supported to access compensation, counselling and advice and to navigate the justice system which many victims find confusing and distressing.

I have visited the NYPD and they are willing to assist us here in Victoria.  

What I’ve Done

I have lost count of how many times I have brought the ever increasing issues with law and order in the West to the attention of Parliament.  

Most recently, I brought to the attention of the house the escalating crime statistics for Wyndham, when compared to the previous 12 months:  

  • Sexual Offences up by 32%, 
  • Aggravated Robberies up by 27%, 
  • Common Assault up by 21%, 
  • Threatening Behaviour up by 52%

Data derived from: Crime Statistics Agency

I brought up the following motion on Law and Order for debate late last year:

Unfortunately, both major parties voted against this motion, choosing instead to politicise a sensible course of action to make our communities safe again.

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  • Melinda Rau-Wig
    followed this page 2018-10-25 13:52:21 +1100
  • Geoff Rogers
    commented 2018-10-25 10:00:27 +1100
    The Andrews Government behaviour in the Redshirts affair sets a very poor example to citizens and law enforcement alike.

    Yes they gave back the ~$400,000, but we paid for $1000000 in legal expenses for the ALP Members to frustrate the court.

    At one time Daniel Andrews the Premier of our State, tells us his ministers and other MP’s implicated by the Ombudsman in this fraudulent activity, will co-operate with police investigation.

    Now, closer to the election it is no longer convenient, so he hides behind "I am not going to comment on an ongoing investigation.

    This simple matter, MP’s signing timesheets they knew to be fraudulent, should have been sorted out months ago. Is he willing to put us through multiple byelections after this election to replace MP’s who have been convicted?

    As ACTU Sec Sally McManus said, when you are of the Left, some laws do not apply to you. We saw in this weeks march how captive is this government to the union movement, who represent less than 10% of workers.

    I believe in unions, but not htose who flout laws and extort money frpm taxpayers through outrageously generous conditions for work on key infrastructure projects
  • Greg Hansford
    commented 2018-10-03 08:36:41 +1000
    I definitely feel that victoria police command are taking a over-regulated and politicised stance towards dealing with the law and order issues victoria is facing at present. It must be frustrating for officers on the streets that they are reluctant to act in certain situations for fear of reprimand. Through my own dealings with my local police about unlawful behaviour in my neighbourhood, sometimes they don’t even get out their car and speak to people acting suspiciously in the streets after dark. This needs to change so police are proactive on preventing crime instead of being investigators after a crime has happened
  • Greg Edwards
    commented 2018-09-25 21:47:34 +1000
    Hi Rachel I am an ex police officer in WA. I have, for at long as I remember, been saying our (in) justice system needs a good overhaul. I tend to agree with your sentiments about the NYC style of some years back. There is a lot to be said for cracking down on the small things to do the big things. There are a couple of considerations tho…1. Staff numbers. I think most police jurisdictions around Australia are short staffed. Numbers would need increasing due to the heavier workload. 2. Courts – magistrates and judges would need to be on side. The way we are going I imagine a lot of people would get a very wet wrist from all the soggy tissue paper slapping that would get done. 3. Parents have a lot to answer for – there is little respect for police from adults these days let alone their kids. 4. Drugs. Major epidemic. Traffickers need locking up for a lot longer.
    May I go on to suggest that sentencing laws in the US are spot on. They will have cumulative sentencing – if someone kills 3 people they can expect 3 lifetimes behind bars. If you break into a house and rape a woman they’ll get 2 lots of decent jail time. We use concurrent sentences which do not give the offender the message we as a society want to send.
  • Judith Whelan
    commented 2018-09-25 18:20:09 +1000
    Agree Rachel. I think we have rethink not only policing but how we are governed. Re policing I saw a video from Sth Africa where people were hitting criminals with loaded hoses. Old style policing, something to think about. Government needs an overhaul to reflect todays society because we appear to have become ungovernable. Of course it would be a brave person to fiddle with our constitution. A friend talked about voting for a policy not a party. Food for thought.We should be able to do this in todays environment.
  • Rachel Carling
    published this page in Policies 2018-09-17 15:58:27 +1000