KEVIN CONOLLY WELCOMES INCREASE IN POLICE NUMBERS
Written on the 10 July 2019 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly welcomed the announcement last week by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Police David Elliott that the first 450 extra police will be allocated to police area commands, Police Districts and specialist areas across NSW in the next 12 months, as part of the NSW Liberal Government's $583 million investment in 1,500 additional police positions over the next four years.
As part of this boost in police numbers, the local Quakers Hill Police Area Command located at Riverstone Police Station will receive an extra 4 new police officer positions over the next 12 months to walk the beat and respond to emergencies in the local community.
"I am delighted that our local community will be a safer place with this NSW Liberal Government investment boosting our police numbers," Mr Conolly said.
NSW will be a safer state with this allocation of 1,500 extra police numbers assigned to local stations and specialist areas across NSW to protect communities and fight crime.
The new officers to fill these first 450 extra positions will be rolled out to police stations and specialist commands over the next 12 months.
Premier Berejiklian said the NSW Government was delivering record investment to frontline services for schools and hospitals, as well as police and emergency services.
"In addition to more local police, the NSW Police Force will boost the ranks of high-visibility teams, as well as specialist crime-fighters devoted to strategic intelligence and cybercrime."
Police Minister Elliott said NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and the changing nature of crime meant it was vital more police were introduced into the ranks.
"This is a major boost to ensure police have the resources they need to protect the community. These officers include specialist police to deal with aged crime prevention, and to monitor offenders on the Child Protection Register," Minister Elliott said.
Future allocations of positions will be determined based on resource requirements and how best to prevent, disrupt and respond to emerging crime issues.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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