Pub­lic has to hold off on tour­ing cop shop

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

WHILE the new Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion has been of­fi­cially opened with full fan­fare, the com­mu­nity will have to wait a while longer to check it out.

Tweed/by­ron Lo­cal Area Com­mand Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling said he was keen to show off the new $25 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, but com­mu­nity and of­fi­cer safety was key.

“The prob­lem I have is re­sources,” Supt Star­ling said.

“I’d love to be able to do it sooner rather than later, but my pri­or­ity is to the com­mu­nity safety.”

Supt Star­ling said there would need to be suf­fi­cient of­fi­cers avail­able to es­cort the pub­lic through the build­ing. With big crowds ex­pected, the com­mand had opted to de­lay the event un­til Fe­bru­ary.

“We could do it if we were ex­pect­ing 100 peo­ple, but I think we’ll get well over 1000,” Supt Star­ling said.

With prepa­ra­tion for the Falls Fes­ti­val ahead, along with the busy sum­mer pe­riod and the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games next year, Supt Star­ling said of­fi­cers were get­ting straight to busi­ness in the com­mand’s new head­quar­ters.

He said they looked for­ward to con­nect­ing with the com­mu­nity and show­cas­ing the long-awaited Wharf Street sta­tion as soon as it was fea­si­ble to do so.

While re­sources have played some part in the de­lay, Supt Star­ling said he had faith the re­gion’s polic­ing needs would be taken care of.

“I have com­plete con­fi­dence the NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner will make the right de­ci­sion for the fu­ture of staffing in Tweed/by­ron.”

Other sec­tions of NSW Po­lice, in­clud­ing the Marine Com­mand and Dog Squad, are ex­pected to join the open day cel­e­bra­tions.

PHOTO: LIANA TURNER

STRAIGHT TO BUSI­NESS: Snr Sgt Cassie Bargh at the open­ing of the new Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion.

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