The NSW Opposition has launched a petition, demanding the state government provide more police resources for the Tweed region.
Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot was joined by Labor Leader Jodi McKay and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Adam Searle at Tweed Heads Police Station on Thursday, calling for a boost of up to 30 officers for the region.
They argue there is a desperate need to increase the numbers to combat ongoing violence, break and enters and ice-use across the North Coast.
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In 2012, NSW Police numbers were at 198 for the Tweed-Byron District but according to the last publicly released records, numbers have dropped to 165 in September 2017.
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said it was vital they stood up to the issue, claiming Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest had been “missing in action”.
“We believe that the Liberal Nationals have not done enough when it comes to police numbers in the Tweed/Byron Command,” Ms McKay told MyGC.
“I think that the government has forgotten about Tweed Heads and I think the other issue here you have a local member who is simply missing in action.
“The feedback I get on my visits here is that Geoff Provest is nowhere to be seen.”
Ms McKay said an extra 20-30 officers was the bare minimum that’s needed.
“When you look at the enormous growth that’s occurred since that time, we think a good place to start is some 20-30 but it could be that the command needs more than that. We’re trying to be reasonable in our ask for this area,” Ms McKay said.
“I think it’s really important that the community gets active on this. We need to send a message to the Liberal National government.
“Justine Elliot is taking a lead on this issue because of the feedback that she’s getting from the community that says this is a very big issue.”
You can see the petition HERE – https://www.justineelliot.com.au/petition-for-more-police/