Push for 24-hour po­lice sta­tions

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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.

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