Push for more police by 2014
THE NUMBER of police on Clarence Valley streets could soon be boosted with the NSW Coalition pledging to increase the state’s police force to 16,356 officers by June 2014.
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said this increase was the beginning of a blitz on crime.
He said with public concern about crime on the rise, the NSW Coalition was determined to give police the power, resources and support they needed to protect the community.
“I am unashamedly 100% behind our local coppers,” Mr Cansdell said.
“Unsurprising, increasing the number of police on the street is among the most effective ways to reduce crime.”
Mr Cansdell said as part of the process, a comprehensive audit of police allocation would be carried out should the NSW Coalition be voted in after tomorrow’s election.
He said, the number of police required in each region across the State would be reviewed and further increases to police numbers would be considered when the audit was complete.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals law-and-order package will ensure the NSW Police Force again has the resources it needs to fight crime – whether it is in our homes and neighbourhoods, or on our roads,” he said.
“We have to stop this boom-or-bust cycle by ensuring police numbers remain at the levels we need to fight crime effectively.”