Benefits add up as numbers rise
FIVE new police coming to the Coffs Clarence Command are "five additional positions in our bucket", says a police union spokesman.
Grafton Police Association representative Tony King said the five new officers would be additional staff to the command and add to its operational strength.
"Our bucket has got bigger," Mr King said.
"This is a real increase on the numbers we had in the command."
Mr King said the positions would all be frontline officers, in line with the negotiations between the association and the government last month.
He said the bonus for local police was the additional staff would relieve the pressure on current staff, which would also lower the attrition rate of staff leaving the service.
Acting Premier Andrew Stoner said he was delighted 20 new police positions have been added to local area commands in northern NSW.
"The government recently committed to up to 90 additional police officers to local area commands in northern NSW," Mr Stoner said.
"We are getting on with the job of recruiting additional officers to commands in northern NSW."
The local area commands that have received an increase in staff numbers include:
- Coffs/Clarence - five additional positions.
- Manning/Great Lakes - five additional positions.
- Port Stephens - five additional positions.
- Tweed/Byron - five additional positions.
Mr Stoner said the additional officers would boost the ranks of North Coast local area commands as they continued to address local communities' crime and safety concerns.
"Since coming to government we have added 57 officers to commands in northern NSW," Mr Stone said.
"The NSW Government is committed to high-visibility policing and will boost the NSW Police Force by a total of 859 police officers."