Wellington still waiting for 24-hour policing
Wellington residents have been calling for a 24-hour police station since news a huge jail would be built in the town.
That facility has been in place since 2007 and the lack of an all-night police presence has rankled locals, especially with the huge expansion that’s just taken place.
Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys is keen to achieve the best possible results for the town, but at this stage, he can’t rule a 24/7 station in or out.
“No, I wouldn’t rule it out but it’s a significant step to take a place from a 16-hour response to a 24-hour response,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys told Dubbo Photo News.
“We’re continually looking at and analysing the calls for service and there’s no doubt that, whether it’s a jail or another business that opens in a town that attracts people to it, we get more calls for service and we will respond to that as we can.
“Wellington is a place that I’m particularly keen at seeing how we best provide a policing response...
“We know that an officer-incharge model will work there. We know we have really good cooperation with the Corrective Services people out at that institution in Wellington and I just look forward to being able to, into the future, get that data together and (find out) how people feel. It’s most important that we provide a service that makes people feel safe around the clock and I’m committed to that,” he said.
The Wellington analysis also comes against the backdrop of a re-engineering of the state’s police force, a task which in itself is complex and will take plenty of time to be rolled out across NSW.
“We’re very much looking at this model and seeing what best suits each and every area. We know that an officerin-charge model will assist Wellington – whether we take it another step further than that will depend on a whole heap of work around the analysis of data and where the jail might go into the future with the additional beds and so on,” Mr Worboys said.