The Victorian Coalition is promising to increase police numbers by 1,600 if it wins this year’s state election.
The leader of the Nationals and police spokesman, Peter Ryan, says the program will cost $400 million.
He says Police Command will decide whether police from the new intake will be posted to regional Victoria.
“We have not seen a problem of this scale in Victoria ever before in our history – a growth of violent crime by 40 per cent over the past 10 years, a growth in assaults of 70 per cent in the last 10 years, but equally Victoria has not seen a solution offered of this scale,” he said.
Victorians will go to the polls on November 27.