Petition for police tabled
A PETITION demanding that the Tweed Heads Police station remains operational for 24 hours a day after the building of a new area command headquarters was tabled in NSW Parliament on Tuesday.
Walt Secord MLC tabled the 28-signature petition on five policing issues facing the Tweed region.
The five points included wanting guarantees that NSW police would maintain the 189 officers at the command and the Tweed Heads station would remain operating 24-hours a day when the headquarters were moved.
Mr Secord accused Mr Provest, who also serves as the parliamentary secretary on police, of being unwilling or unable to respond to Tweed crime issues' and that the area had a shortfall of police officers.
"Locals want a guarantee that local police numbers are maintained and increased," Mr Secord said.
"Locals are also worried about the possible downgrading of the Tweed Heads station with the plans to build a new police station at Kingscliff.
"This petition is saying loud and clear that the Tweed community needs a 24-hour police presence in Tweed Heads.
The last thing Tweed residents need is to have the local area command move to Kingscliff and see a downgrading of the Tweed Heads police station afterwards."
Mr Second said this was only a start to the petition with more signatures expected.
Mr Provest said the station would be operational 24 hours.
"I think one again this is fear mongering," Mr Provest said.
"Our population is growing and the way I see it the police presence will only increase."
Mr Provest said a police surveillance operation was run at the southern end of the electorate last month.