We?re better off than some



SENIOR Constable Tony Gray says Coffs/Clarence is better off than other areas when it comes to police numbers.

The Police Association's northern region executive member says, however, the command needs an extra 30 police.

"Sea-change brings about population increases," Const. Gray said yesterday.

Most of the local staffing issues raised by Gary McEvoy's letter had been addressed 'to the best of the association's ability', he said.

"The Government has already guaranteed an extra 750 police will be available in NSW before the next election."

Coffs/Clarence local area commander, Superintendent Peter Barrie, said yesterday the command had been provided with additional positions long before his arrival, and there was no move to peel numbers back.

It was simplistic to argue for more police strictly on the basis of population increases, he said. Also, while the nature of policing had changed significantly, so had technology.

Mr Barrie said the police executive made a decision in consultation with the Government 'about where resources need to be provided'. He also said the LAC's needs were continually reviewed.



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