Police Minister's visit 'stunt'
TWEED MP Geoff Provest has slammed NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly's visit to the Tweed police station, saying it “does nothing” to solve local crime problems.
Mr Provest, an ardent campaigner for more police on the North Coast, said Mr Kelly's visit this week to announce the planning for a new police headquarters was nothing but a “stunt”.
“Unfortunately, and despite the Tweed's growing nuisance crime problems, this was just another Labor stunt,” Mr Provest said. “What the Tweed desperately needs is more officers and the Minister is well aware of this.
“Tweed cops do a great job, but they are many officers short of the Sydney police-to-population ratio, and that is why they have had to resort to threats of industrial action. They also need to be better paid.”
Mr Provest said that while any new investment in Tweed infrastructure was welcome, concerned residents waiting for the new police station should not hold their breath.
“Labor promised this station more than two years ago, but not a brick will be laid until at least mid 2010.”
A spokesman for Mr Kelly dismissed Mr Provest's claims, saying it was the re- sponsibility of the NSW Police Commissioner to allocate police resources.
“The NSW Government is committed to providing our police with the resources they need,” he said. “Operational issues such as the allocation of police to individual stations is rightly the responsibility of the Commissioner.”