Twenty new positions for understaffed police stations
FIVE additional police officers will be based in the Coffs Clarence Local Area Command under the State Government's moves to boost the strength of Northern New South Wales commands by 90 officers in a staggered roll-out.
The increased allocations are timed to coincide with graduating classes through the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn over the next 18-months.
In the first boost to the ranks, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announced 20 new police position would be sent to Northern New South Wales.
"The Government recently committed to up to 90 additional police officers to Local Area Commands in Northern NSW," Mr Stoner said.
"We are getting on with the job of recruiting additional officers to Commands in Northern NSW."
The Commands that have received an increase in numbers include:
- Coffs/Clarence - five additional police positions
- Manning/Great Lakes - five additional police positions
- Port Stephens - five additional five positions
- Tweed/Byron - five additional five positions
Mr Stoner said this emphasizes the importance the Liberal National Government has placed on fighting crime and supporting regional areas.
"Since coming to Government, we have added 57 officers to Commands in Northern NSW," Mr Stoner said.
"The NSW Government is committed to high visibility policing and will boost the NSW Police Force by a total of 859 police officers.
"This significant commitment will see the authorised strength of the Police Force reach a record 16,665 officers in August 2015."