Cops at Tweed Heads squashed as they await new station
TWEED police officers are being forced to share desks and other equipment due to a lack of resources at their ageing station, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest.
He was backed by the Police Association of NSW Northern spokesman Tony King, who says "the current issues with Tweed Heads police station have been ongoing".
Mr Provest said the new police station planned for Wharf St, Tweed Heads, which is set to go before the Joint Planning Panel this month, would be a boon for police.
However, issues during planning and consultation phases mean the new station has still not been approved.
"We've spent about close to $2 million and probably today we're no further to putting the spade in the ground than what we were three years ago," he said.
"And yet you go over to the Tweed police station here and they're hot bunking (sharing) desks and things like that.
"I'm a great believer in giving our police more resources."
Mr Provest said replacing police's old technological equipment when the new station is built will be a top priority.
The overdue new station will be a relief for Tweed police when it is completed, according to Mr King.
"The planned new police station in Tweed Byron Local Area Command will provide better facilities for police to do their job.
"The announcement of more police for Northern NSW in November last year ... was a welcome start and a welcome relief to police right across the region."
Tweed police boss Detective Superintendent Stuart Wilkins was hesitant to talk about the issue, but did mention police had outgrown the current station and were anticipating the new station's construction.