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YAMBA MUST WAIT

By ADRIAN MILLER

YAMBA cannot be guaranteed any more permanent police to curb the anti-social behaviour and vandalism rife throughout the town.

That was the message from Coffs/Clarence acting superintendent and local area commander Paul Fehon to a Yamba Neighbourhood Watch meeting yesterday.

Nearly 50 people attended the meeting and were told by Supt Fehon a review was under way to determine if more numbers were needed.

Figures were presented to the meeting which showed there was one police officer per 1000 residents at Yamba in normal times, and one officer per 3111 in holiday periods.

For comparison, Grafton has one police officer per 820 people.

He said the figures would be given to the review committee to push for more police.

"I can't guarantee the numbers, but what I can say is that we are working with Workforce and Planning to do a full review of the area in line with population growth and look at what the actual numbers are and what they should be," he said.

Supt Fehon said police would still work towards reducing vandalism and anti-social behaviour even if more numbers were not available.

"We will continue to provide our operations support from other sectors of the command including the target action group, the bike unit and working with the water police," he said.



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