AFTER months of waiting, more police will be employed in Bendigo to investigate child abuse and sexual assault.
The Central Victoria Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team is believed to be one of the busiest in the state and extra resources were promised earlier this year.
The unit works closely with the Victoria Police Sexual Crimes Squad and investigates all sexual offences, serious assaults against children, allegations of child abuse, attempted abductions, child pornography related issues, child prostitution and other crimes that are sexually motivated.
Four new detectives will be recruited before the new year to help with the ever increasing workload.
Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Morris said the extra numbers would help the unit become more efficient with handling a heavy workload.
He said SOCIT detectives worked on "personalised types of crime'' which meant they were victim focused.
"It's all about trying to provide the best service for the victim,'' he said.
"It's taxing work but the people who do it are very dedicated to it.
"No one's here that doesn't want to be here.
"It's always been about prioritising to get everything we need to get done within a decent timeline.
"We have methods of making sure everybody gets the service they need when they need it.
"The extra detectives will boost our capacity and mean we can get more efficient with that.''
Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault executive officer Michael Beaumont-Connop welcomed the news.
"It's fantastic - the people in the SOCIT team really put in an extraordinary effort and we know they have been doing long hours,'' he said.
"As we move towards the multidisciplinary centre we will work even more closely with SOCIT and the increased numbers mean the co-ordinated effort will be improved tremendously.''
The MDC will be a central hub to support victims of sexual assault and child abuse. It will house CASA, SOCIT, child protection workers and specialist counsellors