Police deny station closure plans

VICTORIA Police have confirmed there are no plans to close or reduce the opening hours of any police stations in the Ballarat police service area.

The assurance comes as three police stations on the Bellarine Peninsula decrease their opening hours while four more metropolitan stations are under threat.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said no decisions on the location of “supersites” – a concept raised in the recently released Bluepaper – had been determined. 

“We know that there is an opportunity in the future for larger, consolidated supersites to replace smaller and less operationally-effective traditional police stations,” the spokesperson said.

“However, no decisions have been made on where these supersites will be.

“There would need to be extensive consultation – with government, the police association, the community - before any decisions are made.”

There are currently several one-man stations in the Ballarat district including Gordon, Rokewood, Lexton, Smythesdale, Linton and Learmonth.


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