Bruce Thomas

Police protest at rally 'before the world'

THE addition of two new police constables to be stationed in Tweed Heads is not enough to silence the Police Association.

The Tweed Heads branch of the Police Association of NSW (PANSW) wants to see an extra 15 officers take up positions in the Tweed/Byron Command and are now planning to voice their campaign during next week's Repco Rally Australia.

Andrew Eppelstun, chair of the Tweed Heads PANSW, said the issue would be brought up in front of a “world audience” during the high-profile event, which begins in Tweed next Thursday.

“Ultimately we are going to look at some form of action up here while we've got the world's media on our doorstep,” Mr Eppelstun said.

While he would not say exactly what was planned, the push for more Tweed officers and the wage dispute between police and the NSW Government would be vocalised, he said.

Up to 150 police officers will graduate from the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn today and will take up positions as probationary constables across the state.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has welcomed the two new police officers in Tweed Heads.

“I think it's quite significant considering there is only a relatively small number coming out of the academy,” Mr Provest said.

Mr Provest said he had secured a one-hour meeting with NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione next month, in which he will argue for greater police resources, including more officers, a drug squad and a police dog.

He will also attend a protest rally next Tuesday, where police from around the state will meet on the steps of Parliament House to demand better wages.

“I'll be there to support our local guys,” he said.



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