Tweed Byron Police
Tweed Byron Police

Police snub Tweed again

THE Tweed Byron Police command may not have received any police college graduates but it will have five new officers coming its way soon.

More than 300 new police officers were sworn into the New South Wales Police Force yesterday but none were allocated to commands on the North Coast.

Fortunately, Tweed Byron Superintendent Michael Kenny said they have just received good news about a roll-out of positions across the state.

“Tweed Byron will be getting an increase in operation strength of five general-duty positions,” Supt Kenny said.

“We’re very pleased with the announcement.

“It certainly puts more police on the streets and will assist us with our investigations and pro-active police operations.”

Supt Kenny said he was not disappointed they were not allocated officers from the final recruits of 2009.

“The number of recruits we receive varies from class to class,” he said.

“We will be able to recruit against those vacant positions.”

Tweed spokesperson for the Police Association of NSW Andrew Eppelstun said the announcement was a “real win”.

“Five extra cops is a good thing and we’re still looking at getting extras,” Senior Constable Eppelstun said.

“It’s a big step in the right direction.”

Almost one third of recruits from yesterday’s graduation, 106, went to the Central Metropolitan Region, specifically Leichhardt and Redfern with 13 each.

The Northern Region, which includes the North Coast, received the least amount of officers in the state, 17 in total, with the most, four, going to the Hunter Valley.

The largest number of recruits, 19, went to Bankstown.

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