With nearly 200 NSW Police recruits graduating and being deployed across the State, the NSW Opposition has demanded an answer from the Government for why none were posted to the Tweed.
It comes just months out from the new Tweed Police station opening near the town’s mall.
Shadow Minister for Justice and Police Guy Zangari said: “It is disappointing and it simply does not make sense. The North Coast is one of the State’s fastest growing regions and none of these new recruits are coming here.”
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
But the Member for Tweed, Nationals MP Geoff Provest, told myGC that no new cops will be assigned to the Tweed because none have been requested by the local superintendent – adding it was an operational matter for police.
“To get more police officers, a business case has to be established by the local Superintendent. I’m only too happy to support that,” he said. “I’m a strong believer that I should be guided by the police officers. If the senior officers ask me for something I’ll do what I can to support that [request].”
Mr Provest added that, while the workload for local cops is “about double what is experienced in Sydney, Newcastle and Woolongong”, the Tweed is currently experiencing its lowest crime rate in more than three years.
Do you agree? Or does the Tweed need more police on the beat? Add your comments below.