Po­lice push ramps up

Can­di­dates join call for 24-hour sta­tion

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

THE com­mu­nity push for per­ma­nent polic­ing in New Nor­folk has ramped up with com­pet­ing La­bor can­di­dates for Lyons cre­at­ing sep­a­rate pe­ti­tions.

Can­di­dates Dar­ren Clark and Jen But­ler have joined the pub­lic call for 24-hour polic­ing in New Nor­folk af­ter the com­mu­nity re­acted to an in­crease in youth crime rates in the area.

Mr Clark said some­thing had to be done to make sure lo­cal res­i­dents feel safe.

“I’ve spo­ken to hun­dreds of New Nor­folk res­i­dents who all tell me that this is their No. 1 is­sue,” he said.

“I’m call­ing on Rene Hid­ding to fix the un­der­staffing of our lo­cal po­lice sta­tion and make sure we have full-time po­lice of­fi­cers in New Nor­folk.”

The call for a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion in New Nor­folk comes de­spite there only be­ing seven 24-hour sta­tions in Tas­ma­nia.

“The Der­went Val­ley is ac­tively po­liced by of­fi­cers from New Nor­folk, May­dena, Hamil­ton and Bushy Park, in­clud­ing on call 24-hours, with backup from the 24-hour sta­tions at Bridge­wa­ter and Glen- or­chy,” Tas­ma­nia Po­lice Deputy Com­mis­sioner Scott Til­yard said.

“I just don’t see how we as an agency could go to the govern­ment and jus­tify those re­sources be­ing there,” Bridge­wa­ter divi­sion Act­ing In­spec­tor An­drew Ben­nett said.

Mr Clark con­ceded that a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion in New Nor­folk was the op­ti­mum out­come and said the min­i­mum mea­sure needed to be a morn­ing shift and a late af­ter­noon shift.

“While the Der­went Val­ley com­mu­nity al­ready ben­e­fits from 24/7 polic­ing, the on­go­ing restora­tion of 113 of­fi­cers to the front­line means we can re­con­sider po­lice hours all across the state, which is an on­go­ing process that I am closely mon­i­tor­ing,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Rene Hid­ding said.

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