Cop shop refurbishment

MAFFRA police station is among 15 stations in Victoria set to be refurbished.

Stations in Maffra, Bacchus Marsh, Bairnsdale, Benalla, Churchill, Cobden, Geelong, Lakes Entrance, Moe, Mount Buller, Portland, Rosebud, Sorrento, Warragul and Warrnambool will share in $2.94 million, as part of a $36.8 million package for upgrades to be included in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget.

Seven new police stations will be built in Colac, Murtoa, Bright, Warburton, Mallacoota, Cowes and Corryong.

A total of $596 million will be provided in the budget for public safety, which will result in Victoria Police receiving an extra 406 sworn police officers and 52 support personnel, as well as two new forensic hubs built in regional Victoria to help police fast-track investigations into ice and other drug trafficking.

Ten police residences across Victoria will also receive $3.9 million for replacement and refurbishment.

The government says the new stations and refurbishments will ensure regional police are working in modern facilities, to better support victims, hold perpetrators to account and assist officers in carrying out their critical work.