Police push ramps up
Candidates join call for 24-hour station
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.