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More cops set to serve Valley

Coffs/Clarence Police Commander Paul Fehon has welcomed extra police numbers to cover the Clarence area, particularly the Lower
Coffs/Clarence Police Commander Paul Fehon has welcomed extra police numbers to cover the Clarence area, particularly the Lower

By Toby Walker

Plans have been laid to boost police numbers in the Clarence Valley with the announcement of 15 new positions in the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command.

Since January staffing levels in the command, particularly in the Lower River area, had been scrutinised by the Police Association, which had threatened industrial action if numbers weren't strengthened.

On Wednesday NSW Police announced it would assign a range of new positions across all ranks within the command, including five new probationary constable roles in the Grafton and Lower River areas.

The command will also consider appointing an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer to the Lower River.

Police Association spokesman, Andy Wright, praised the local officers, politicians, the State Government and Coffs/Clarence area commanders for working cooperatively to build the command's strength.

But Mr Wright was not confident the extra officers would mean a long-term solution to the staffing problems.

"It is a great start, but we would like a full review of the staffing positions because we don't believe it is enough," he said.

"The population has gone up but the staffing levels haven't."



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