HEYWOOD will have a police officer living in the town later this year after the state government yesterday announced the purchase of land for a new police residence.
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Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said land had been purchased for the new police house in Barclay Street.

Dr Napthine said the announcement showed the government was strengthening policing in regional Victoria.

“Having promised $500,000 to build a new police house in town before the last election, the state government is now delivering on our commitment to provide a police residence in Heywood,” he said.

“Providing police accommodation in town will provide a real boost to community safety for local residents, especially with an officer living in the community.”

Dr Napthine said it was a win for the people of Heywood and district who had been advocating for a permanent police presence in the town following the loss of the former police house.

“Having a local police officer living in the community, someone who knows the area inside-out, can make a real difference in helping to prevent and deter criminal activity,” he said. Dr Napthine said the previous Labor government had allowed the former police residence to fall into disrepair, and it had been sold in 2009.

“The tender process for the new building will commence shortly and construction is expected to be completed later this year,” he said.

The new four-bedroom residence will be built to a standard design to accommodate an officer and family.

“This house will be power-neutral, helping to reduce its carbon footprint,” Dr Napthine said.

In its 2011-12 budget, the state government committed $30 million to fund new and upgraded police stations throughout Victoria, which included $500,000 for the new residence at Heywood.

“This huge investment in policing infrastructure across Victoria will help to support the 1700 additional police officers the government is working to deliver by November 2014,” Dr Napthine said.

“By boosting policing infrastructure and increasing the number of officers on our streets and in our towns, the government is improving community safety in regional Victoria.”

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