Sergeant David Longfield.
Sergeant David Longfield. Cathy Adams

Reinforcements on way for our police

POLICE on the Northern Rivers may be set for a reprieve from critical staff shortages after 90 additional police positions were yesterday announced for Northern New South Wales.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Geoff Provest made the announcement at the Police Association of NSW meeting in Newcastle.

Chairman of the Lismore branch of the Police Association NSW Sergeant David Longfield said he "welcomed the news" and hoped an "equitable and fair" distribution of staff would see the understaffed Northern Rivers appointed with the numbers of police required.

He said the "finer points" regarding where the positions would be allocated were yet to be decided.

"It is not possible to say how many will come to the Richmond or Tweed local area commands but I will say I'm optimistic the region commander will place these people where they are most needed," Sgt Longfield said.

"We have a good business case in Tweed and Richmond to put forward in order to get a significant percentage of these people."

Sgt Longfield said the announcement was a "direct result" of activity the association had undertaken during the past month and the support of Member for Ballina Don Page and Member for Lismore Thomas George.

All of the 90 "authorised strength positions" will be rolled out over the next 18 months, with 20 in December 2013, 10 in May 2014, 30 in December 2014 and 30 in May 2015.

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