The Tweed Heads front line is getting a much needed boost, with more police officers and upgraded infrastructure announced for the area.
The NSW Government has today committed nine new police officers to the region – five for the Marine Area Command, based in Tweed, and four at the Tweed/Byron Police District.
It’s part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals $583 million investment in 1500 extra police across the State over four years.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest made the announcement this morning, during a visit to the State’s most northern police command at Tweed Heads Police Station.
Mr Elliot said the additional officers are vital for the area.
“NSW is experiencing some of its lowest crime rates in 20 years but this is not the time to be complacent.
“New crime threats continue to emerge, and it is vital we adequately resource our police to prevent, disrupt and respond to crime.
“Over the next four years, every police area command and police district in NSW will receive a dedicated aged care prevention officer and child protection register coordinator,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Provest has welcomed the investment in police to ensure community safety remains the Government’s top priority.
“I’m thrilled our community will be a safer place thanks to this NSW Government investment boosting our local police numbers.
“I am proud to welcome these men and women and wish them every success in their policing careers in Tweed,” Mr Provest said.
In addition, a new $200,000 Mobile Incident Command Vehicle was handed over to the NSW Marine Rescue.
Over the next four years, it’s understood Marine Rescue NSW will also receive an additional $37.6 million in funding to deliver 38 new boats, as well as provide new and upgraded operations bases.
Mr Provest said the modified Iveco Daily van would be used to provide critical command and control during major response operations and serve as a back-up communications system for units.
“This vehicle replaces a 26-year-old communications truck and will be an invaluable resource during extended and remote response operations,” Mr Provest said.