Cansdell calls for more cops



THE Clarence needs at least eight extra police officers from the 750 pledged statewide by the Carr-Iemma Government and the Yamba Police Station must be replaced, according to Clarence MP Steve Cansdell.

Mr Cansdell has written to Police Minister Carl Scully saying the area needed to keep its four probationary constables.

He said that by all accounts they were doing an excellent job in Grafton, and that another four officers were needed for the Lower Clarence.

"With our four new probationary officers, we are technically over strength, but there is a clear need to retain these officers and appoint an extra four, which allows for two more police cars on Clarence roads," he said.

"Given the current population of the Clarence, this is no more than our fair share of the 750 extra NSW police officers the Labor Government promised would be ready for duty by next January. We also urgently need a new police station in Yamba. The current building is little more than a shack and is clearly inadequate for the coastal town's growing population.

"Existing Yamba police officers could be relocated to Maclean during construction."



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