MP promises more police
By RODNEY STEVENS
POLICE numbers will be boosted in the Clarence Valley under a coalition government, according to Member for Clarence, Steve Cansdell.
Mr Cansdell, the National Party spokesperson on rural and regional crime, claimed the coalition law and order policy would have a positive impact on law and order in the Clarence Valley.
"This is what I have been lobbying the Liberal/National leadership for on behalf of concerned local residents," he said.
Mr Cansdell said the new policy would address issues including the urgent replacement of 600 police cut by Labor since the last election and proposed legislation to introduce mandatory life sentences for offenders convicted of the murder of police.
"Under Labor, Clarence Valley residents have serious concerns for their safety due to an increase in youth crime, characterised by assults and vandalism," he said.
Mr Cansdell said the community needed to stop kids committing crime and being completely disrespectful to their communities.
The increase in youth crime claimed by Mr Cansdell is in stark contrast to Minister for Police Carl Scully's claims that crime figures continue to fall across NSW.
Mr Scully said according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) crime was continuing to fall across NSW and that was testament to the professionalism and dedication of frontline police.
The ABS figures released recently indicated incidents of reported property crime were down by 27 per cent, robbery down by 34 per cent and break and enter is down 40 per cent.