Report recommends more police

TWEED could see a boost to police numbers next year if a report recommended by police minister Michael Gallacher is approved by NSW Police commissioner Andrew Scipione.

The report is based on a review of police working conditions and resources by former assistant commissioner Peter Parsons and recommends operational strength of local area commands be raised from a minimum of 80% to a minimum of 90%.

According to Tweed MP Geoff Provest, that means an additional 20 officers for Tweed Byron and 13 for Richmond.

"We have been anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Parsons Review and it has proven what we have been saying, that the North Coast has been under-resourced for years," Mr Provest said.

"It's a big plus for our existing police force and also for the wider community having more police on the beat.

"To put it in perspective, 24 officers would be enough to man the Kingscliff Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Our superintendent Stuart Wilkins will decide where the officers are stationed, but there's potential for great results."

Mr Provest said he would be heading down to the police academy in Goulburn on Friday to meet the new Tweed Byron officers.

A NSW Police Force spokesman said Mr Scipione was in possession of a copy of the minister's report and would consider its recommendations.

He is due to report back to the minister on all of the recommendations by May 1, 2012, however, he confirmed officer numbers and their allocated patrols should be made available on Friday.



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