Top brass of­fi­cially open new sta­tion amid de­mand for more staff:

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­

YEARS of plan­ning, de­bate and lo­ca­tion changes were fi­nally laid to rest as the Tweed/by­ron Lo­cal Area Command of­fi­cially opened its new head­quar­ters in Wharf St, Tweed Heads, on Friday.

Gone are the cramped of­fices of their for­mer command in Re­cre­ation St, where of­fi­cers were forced at times to work el­bow-to-el­bow on shared desks, with their new three-storey workstation three times the size, boast­ing train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ex­tra hold­ing cells.

Speak­ing at the open­ing of the command, Tweed/by­ron LAC Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling hon­oured cur­rent Sergeant Jack Keough – who has served NSW Po­lice for 45 years – and all the com­man­ders who had served the re­gion be­fore him and those who had thrown their pas­sion into the project.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with our team in their state-of-the-art com­plex to make our com­mu­nity a safer place,” Supt Star­ling said.

NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mick Fuller said feed­back on the new, $25 mil­lion sta­tion had been pos­i­tive.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing, walk­ing around the floors and see­ing the po­lice and their ad­min staff, they’re so happy you can see it in their faces,” he said.

“We of­ten talk about po­lice num­bers and crime, but these are the im­por­tant things you need to do be­hind the scenes and that’s build­ing in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port po­lice.

“It’s the new­est (sta­tion) and I haven’t seen one bet­ter. This should be the tem­plate for fu­ture po­lice sta­tions go­ing for­ward.”

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he was “elated” to see the Wharf St fa­cil­ity come to fruition af­ter years of lob­by­ing.

While wel­com­ing the fa­cil­ity, mem­bers of the Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion of NSW are call­ing for more of­fi­cers on the beat, claim­ing re­sources are dan­ger­ously stretched. More, page 5.


NEW STA­TION: Tweed/by­ron LAC Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling (cen­tre) with NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mick Fuller and other of­fi­cers at the open­ing of the new Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion on Friday, September 8.


NEW LOOK: Tweed/by­ron LAC po­lice with NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mick Fuller at the open­ing of the new Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion.

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