Region short-changed on police numbers, MP says
MEMBER for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has demanded increased police numbers for the NSW North Coast.
"There is no doubt that more cops mean less crime and we want more cops on the North Coast," Mr Gulaptis said in State Parliament this week.
"On the North Coast the ratio of police officers stands at one officer to 900 people, whereas the state average is one officer to 500 people."
Mr Gulaptis laid the blame for the situation on the previous Labor government, which he said spent 16 years building up police numbers in Labor-held Western Sydney seats to the detriment of the North Coast, which had been treated as second class.
"That disparity is slowly being addressed by the Coalition Government," he said.
"Since the Coalition Government came to power in 2011, police numbers have increased by 420. Many of these officers have been stationed in regional areas. The NSW Coalition has also met its commitment to ensure that operational strength in all local area commands exceeds 90%."