POLIC­ING CRI­SIS

Calls for more po­lice of­fi­cers to pa­trol Tweed streets now:

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TWEED po­lice say the cur­rent staffing lev­els are at a cri­sis point and they can’t wait four years for the promised 1500 new re­cruits to hit the beat across the state.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Wed­nes­day it would spend $583 mil­lion adding 1500 of­fi­cers into the po­lice force over the next four years, the big­gest in­jec­tion in three decades.

But Tweed By­ron Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dar­ren Mc­caughey said the dis­trict needed staff now.

“The an­nounce­ment of the ad­di­tional 1500 po­lice comes af­ter a lot of hard work by the Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion of NSW,” Mr Mc­caughey said.

“We wait to see how these ad­di­tional po­lice are al­lo­cated through­out the state. Just as im­por­tantly, we wait for in­for­ma­tion on the time­frames for the ad­di­tional staff to hit the coal face of our com­mands.

“There are places across the state that are in a staffing cri­sis, such as our Tweed By­ron Po­lice Dis­trict.

“We need a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of ad­di­tional po­lice and we need them now.”

A spokesman for the NSW Po­lice Force said cur­rent re­source lev­els were be­ing as­sessed to al­lo­cate the of­fi­cers over the next four years.

“Fur­ther break­downs of po­lice num­bers will be pro­vided in the fu­ture,” the spokesman said.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest said Tweed and By­ron Lo­cal Area Com­mand would get more of­fi­cers but it wasn’t a

po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion.

“The Po­lice Com­mis­sioner is in dis­cus­sion with the re­gional com­man­ders and we will know in the com­ing weeks,” he said.

“It is a de­ci­sion the com­mis­sioner and re­gional com­man­ders make in line with needs.

“What is con­cern­ing is the down­grad­ing of the po­lice force across the bor­der in Queens­land.

“In the past we have had to clean up some of their mess.”

Queens­land Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said Mr Provest’s com­ments were

“laugh­able”.

“There are 170 po­lice in the Tweed and By­ron po­lice dis­trict,” he said.

“There are more than 1000 po­lice on the Gold Coast.”

“There are fewer po­lice in the Tweed area than there were five years ago.”

— Camp­bell Gel­lie

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

UN­DER­STAFFED: Tweed By­ron Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dar­ren Mc­caughey says the Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion is in the mid­dle of a staffing cri­sis.

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