A re-elected Morrison Government will invest a further $20 million to help local communities tackle crime hotspots, strengthen security for schools and boost crime prevention efforts.

It is estimated that this additional funding would allow local communities to install up to 2,600 CCTV cameras in around 500 crime hotspots across the country.

This will be funded by the proceeds of crime through the Safer Communities Fund grants program, which has already delivered over $130 million across 340 projects.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his priority was to keep Australians safe.

“Australians are entitled to feel safe in their own homes and within their local communities,” Mr Morrison said.

“Our country is the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family and I want to protect that and secure our future with a safer community and a stronger economy.”

Ice and other illicit drugs are a scourge in many of our communities, especially in West Australia.

The Morrison Government will also invest $6.5 million to extend the Choices Program in WA to the Joondalup Health Campus, St John of God Midland Public Hospital, the Armadale Health Service, and the Peel Health Campus in West Australia.

This program connects people, who frequently appear in hospital and the courts, with a wide range of community supports to address their mental health issues and/or abuse of alcohol or other drugs including ice.

Under the Coalition’s plan, the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) will receive $90.6 million in additional funding to target organised criminals, particularly bikie and emerging gangs.

Since the Coalition established the NAGS in 2014, operations have led to the arrest of more than 1270 offenders and the seizure of almost 6,000 illicit firearms and firearms parts and 2.5 tonnes of illicit drugs and precursors.

We will be tough on drug criminals, but will help individuals and families struggling with addiction.

We have already invested $450 million to help communities fight the impacts of ice, including funding more than 200 Local Drug Action Teams and delivered 435 local drug and alcohol services.

The Coalition’s plan for tackling ice is backed up by a commitment to strengthen the penalties for serious offenders.

We have sought parliament’s support for mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders and will seek it for firearms trafficking offences.

We will also take action to strengthen the character test to ensure that foreign nationals who commit serious offences against our communities will have their visas cancelled and be removed.

Under the Coalition, more than 4400 dangerous criminals have had their visa to stay in Australia cancelled; last year alone we cancelled more visas than Labor did in six years.

The Coalition’s plan for stronger, safer and more secure communities is underpinned by its sound economic management and a return to Budget surplus.

Only the Coalition can be relied on to deliver safety and security for Australian families.