‘Bulky’ crime a burden
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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BIG JOB: Police during raid on a Tweed Heads South business in June this year.