Police shortage claims rejected
THE State Government has rejected claims made in a leaked police intelligence report that the Tweed Byron police district was 32 officers short of what it needed.
Calling the document a “NSW Police Association report”, a spokeswoman for the Police Minister said the numbers were incorrect.
“The NSW police force advises that the police association’s ‘Suggested Strength’ figures do not correspond with any figures calculated by the NSW police force, nor can the police determine what methodology is behind them, if any,” she said.
The spokeswoman added the NSW police force had increased to a record 15,806 officers, an increase of more than 22 per cent, over the term of the Labor Government.
“In many local area commands across the North Coast that growth has been even more substantial. For example, over that time period Tweed-Byron LAC has increased by more than 55 percent from 109 to 170.”
Tweed MP Geoff Provest backed the figures in the leaked report.
“It’s not just numbers, there’s a critical shortage in other resources such as vehicles,” Mr Provest said.
Lismore MP Thomas George said the report highlighted how busy the commands had become.
“It’s showing we just haven’t kept pace with the increase in population of the region and the floating population of tourists,” Mr George said.