‘Bulky’ crime a bur­den

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED po­lice have re­peated their calls for more re­sources, as of­fi­cers face an in­flux of re­source-in­ten­sive crime, leav­ing the com­mand stretched thin.

A Tweed/by­ron Lo­cal Area Com­mand of­fi­cial for the Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion of NSW said cross-bor­der deal­ings, in­ves­ti­ga­tions and other com­plex­i­ties had placed the com­mand un­der im­mense pres­sure.

“A lot of the crime in our Lo­cal Area Com­mand is re­source-in­ten­sive, bulky crime,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of crime here that goes un­touched, be­cause we just can’t spend the time on it.

“We have a lot of mid-level or­gan­ised crime that our po­lice just can’t ad­dress be­cause it takes months and months to work up (an in­ves­ti­ga­tion).”

He said this bur­den in­volved a range of crime cat­e­gories in­clud­ing drug dis­tri­bu­tion and se­ri­ous vi­o­lent at­tacks.

Crime dis­place­ment from the Gold Coast had also posed an ex­tra chal­lenge, al­though he said Tweed of­fi­cers had no hes­i­ta­tion ad­dress­ing this.

“The po­lice aren’t whing­ing about that time (spent in­ves­ti­gat­ing), but we have to have the num­bers to deal with it,” he said.

He said the pres­sure his com­mand was un­der had the po­ten­tial to over­shadow the pas­sion and mo­ti­va­tion be­hind most of­fi­cers’ choice of ca­reer.

“Peo­ple join the cops to do the right thing by the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We want to keep peo­ple safe. Most of us live in the com­mu­nity where we work and we want to keep it safe.”

Tweed/by­ron LAC Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling said he had “com­plete con­fi­dence the NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner (Mick Fuller) will make the right de­ci­sion for the fu­ture of staffing in Tweed/by­ron”.

Supt Star­ling has de­layed the com­mu­nity open day at the new Tweed Heads po­lice head­quar­ters un­til Fe­bru­ary next year, cit­ing the busy sum­mer months ahead.

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Most of us join the cops to do the right thing by the com­mu­nity (and) we want to keep peo­ple safe.

PHOTO: MICHAEL BATTERHAM

BIG JOB: Po­lice dur­ing raid on a Tweed Heads South busi­ness in June this year.

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