Police association says rise in crime due to lack of police

PRESSURE on critically understaffed police stations is putting communities on the NSW North Coast at significant risk, according to the state's police association.

Hundreds of police between Port Macquarie and the Queensland border have passed a motion which calls on the State Government to immediately address officer numbers at the Coffs/Clarence, Richmond and Tweed/Byron commands.

Since the O'Farrell Government came into power two years ago, more than 500 new police have been sent to the front line but the union says not enough have found their way to the North Coast where a growing population and rise in crime is crippling regional stations.

Police Association NSW President Scott Weber is currently travelling through the region to meet with the police in person ahead of a union meeting later this month which could see officers take historical industrial action.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Weber said it was clear that a state-wide staffing review the union had been lobbying for needed the urgent attention of the NSW Government.

He said it was clear current numbers of police did not match the workloads at the northern commands.

Mr Weber believed the review had been completed and was sitting with the NSW Police Commissioner.

He called on the government to expedite the review and "deliver the people of Northern NSW the police strength they deserve".

A union meeting will be held in Newcastle on November 20 to discuss the option of industrial action.



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