Murray pulls out of safety group
FORMER Tweed Shire councillor John Murray withdrew from a Community Safety Precinct Committee meeting after stating that he was disappointed by the lack of community representatives invited to take part.
In a statement to the Tweed Daily News, Mr Murray, former chairman of the Tweed Police Community Consultative Committee, said he was disappointed that real victims of continuing youth violence were not allowed to address the meeting.
“After years of being a real supporter of the Tweed police, I am now of the opinion that some of the problems here on the Tweed are the police themselves,” stated Mr Murray.
“Yes, we need more numbers and, yes, we need better laws for the police to use but we need an invigorated, more determined and compassionate police presence then we have at the moment.
“When police start looking at problems from the perspective of the perpetrators rights we should all worry. I am of the contrary opinion that earlier tougher action may actually stop these kids going off the rails.”
The specially convened Community Safety Precinct Committee meeting was held on Monday at the Tweed PCYC.