Push for 24-hour police stations
TWO candidates for the 2019 State Election confirmed this week they will push for 24-hour police stations in both Wellington and Narromine if elected.
Country Labor Candidate for Dubbo Stephen Lawrence had previously spoken about his view that both towns need a 24-hour police station, a view he repeated this week after Independent candidate Mathew Dickerson said he had made “fighting for 24-hour policing in the two towns an election promise”.
Mr. Lawrence said, “It’s a matter of stating the obvious that Wellington and Narromine need a 24-hour police station. I’d be very surprised that there would be any candidate that says otherwise. When I announced in January 2018 as a candidate I said I would be fighting for an expansion of 24 hour policing.”
He cautioned using the 24-hour police argument “in a simplistic manner” without acknowledging other measures also need to be in place for the move to be effective.
“24-hour policing will certainly lead to more arrests. That’s a good thing. But the revolving door criminal justice system will still keep turning and criminals will be released as fast as they are locked up.
“What is clearly needed is a three-pronged attack. Firstly 24-hour policing in Wellington and Narromine. Secondly, a properly resourced drug court that will understand social and drug related crime, and thirdly a local drug rehabilitation centre,” Mr Lawrence said.
In his media release on Sunday, Mr Dickerson said President of the Wellington Business Chamber, Barry Jeffery, “is pleased to learn that I will join the fight for a 24-hour police station”.
Mr Dickerson said, “My intention is to use my position, if elected as a representative for this electorate, to continue to push for this outcome until it is resolved to the satisfaction of both communities.
“It is simply not good enough to accept that towns the size of Wellington and Narromine should accept less than 24-hour policing,” Mr Dickerson said.