Welling­ton still wait­ing for 24-hour polic­ing

Dubbo Photo News - - Weekender -

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.

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