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Labor targets drunken violence

THE Labor party has a five point plan for policing in the Tweed with enemy number one being alcohol related violence.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot and Walt Secord, MLC were outside the Tweed Heads Police Station on Thursday to announce their plan.

The plan includes:

  • Getting assurances from the NSW government to keep the 189 officers in the command.
  • Having additional patrols of Tweed Heads.
  • Ensuring the police station operates for 24 hours after the completion of a Kingscliff police headquarters.
  • Restoring the police surveillance helicopter and ensuring the cross border commissioner talks to Queensland about law and order issues.

Mrs Elliot said more had to be done to stop alcohol related violence.

"Locals tell me about their concerns and there have been heart-breaking incidents (of alcohol related violence) here in recent weeks," Mrs Elliot said.

Mr Secord said Tweed had one of the state highest records for alcohol-related violence and this policy was in response that that figure.

"They always downgrade other sites when a new station is build and we want to ensure it remains a 24-hour station," Mr Secord said.

Mr Secord said with Tweed MP Geoff Provest being the Parliamentary Secretary for Police, he has the minister's ear.

"Well what about the Tweed while he is on these jaunts around the state," he said.

Mr Provest said he has increased the number of police in the Tweed.

"You can't get over the fact that the crime rate has fallen to its lowest levels in the last 20 years," Mr Provest said.

"We have programs to reduce alcohol-related violence by making people responsible for their own actions."

Mr Provest said the NSW Government was talking to the Queensland government about law and order with talking continuing about a shared arrangement for the Gold Coast helicopter.

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