More Police numbers for Northern NSW announced

11.30AM: THE Police Association of NSW has welcomed today's announcement of 90 additional police positions for Northern NSW.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, The Hon. Michael Gallacher, MLC and Member for Tweed and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services, Geoff Provest.

"We would also like to thank the North Coast Nationals for their great support; Don Page, Member for Ballina, Andrew Fraser, Member for Coffs Harbour, Thomas George, Member for Lismore, Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie, Stephen Bromhead, Member for Myall Lakes, Christopher Gulaptis, Member for Clarence and Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley," Police Association president, Scott Weber, said.

"We welcome the work of Region Commander, Jeff Loy who presented evidence-based information this morning at the Northern Region Forum as part of his ongoing review of the need for extra allocation of police.

"Today's announcement will help address the issue of critical staff shortages."

The positions will be rolled out as follows:

  • 20 in December 2013,
  • 10 in May 2014,
  • 30 in December 2014 and
  • 30 in May 2015.

11.00AM: Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher turned up at the NSW Police Association meeting this morning and it's our understanding he brought some good news with him.

We received this photo taken after the meeting and are waiting on official comment but it is widely tipped that the union and The Daily Examiner's call for more police on the North Coast may have been heard.

Stay tuned.

9.30AM: THE Police Association of NSW is holding a meeting in Newcastle to discuss the option of industrial action as a form of protest against the ongoing issue of critical staff shortages across the northern region of NSW.

The Association believes its members can no longer tolerate their communities being put at risk.

Many Local Area Commands (LACs) are affected including the Coffs/Clarence, Richmond and Tweed/Byron.

Association members have unanimously passed motions seeking PANSW president, Scott Weber, to actively engage the Government to alleviate the staffing crisis.

A press conference is being held shortly to outline what steps will be taken in a bid to alleviate the staff shortages being experienced.

More information when it comes to hand.

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