WIMMERA police will focus on drugs and violence during the next two years as part of the Victoria Police Blueprint 2012-2015.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Lucinda Nolan was at Horsham Police Station yesterday to detail the second year of the blueprint.
She said the blueprint provided the strategic direction for Victoria Police and detailed priorities and outcomes on key issues.
“It’s about supporting the front line and making sure what we are doing is the best we can do,” she said.
She said the blueprint included strategies for concerns in the region.
“The drug ‘ice’ has become a significant issue in the community,” she said.
“So we are working with police members to develop a strategy to handle the concerns.”
The blueprint also discussed a violence reduction strategy.
Focus includes alcohol and drug-related violence and family violence.
Ms Nolan said it was important for Wimmera police to be kept up-to-date on plans and strategies.
“From our perspective, Horsham police need to understand how they contribute to an overall plan and what direction we are going,” she said.
“The environment changes so quickly and we are constantly picking up the trends.”
Ms Nolan said it was important for the police to come up with responses to trends before they turn into bigger issues.
Horsham Inspector Trevor Ashton said Ms Nolan’s visit was excellent.
“This is a progressive plan that will lead to better community service,” he said.
“It all starts with the members doing their job.”
Mr Ashton said the blueprint would mean better service from police, which would benefit the community.
“It is a working process and each year of the plan is a step forward,” he said.
“We are learning how to move forward and it’s a way of keeping focus on where we are heading.”