Minister of Police and Emergency services Stuart Eyres speaking during a meeting with north Coast councils regarding law and order. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Minister of Police and Emergency services Stuart Eyres speaking during a meeting with north Coast councils regarding law and order. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-full

Four police on way

STATE MP for Tweed Geoff Provest says bringing just four new police to the Tweed-Byron LAC by May 2015 was a call made by senior police - and won't be a problem for the district.

The figures for the next six months were announced this week, when Police Minister Stuart Ayres met with local police and North Coast council representatives in Tweed Heads.

Mr Provest said Tweed-Byron LAC Superintendent Stuart Wilkins had made the call that only four more officers were needed in the next six months.

He said this was attributed to a two-year crime low.

"If they require more, we'll get the resources," Mr Provest said.

Labor candidate for Tweed Ron Goodman said while some categories of crime may be falling, Tweed-Byron police numbers had been falling for two and a half years.

"I celebrate any reduction in crime rates," Mr Goodman said.

"We want people to feel safe in their homes."

"We've got 17 fewer officers now than February 2012."

Mr Provest said during the meeting, Tweed-Byron police were praised for "leading the state in proactive policing".

"That means they're out on the beat doing things, not just reacting to crime," he said.

Geoff Provest said the four additional officers for the Tweed-Byron LAC would bring the region up to the promised numbers.

In August, however, there were still 50 remaining police promised to the command.

Then, Minister Ayres avoided questions in Parliament about when they would be delivered.

Supt Wilkins was not available for comment.



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