Squad needed to combat drug problem.
Squad needed to combat drug problem.

Squad to combat drug problem

TWEED police are calling on the State Government to help combat the spiralling drug problem in the Tweed-Byron area by urgently posting a specialised drug squad to the region.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest this week revealed the area has the third-highest illegal drug problem in the State.

The Police Association’s Tweed representative Troy Hamilton said officers in the region need the appropriate resources if they are to combat the drug problem.

“When the new Premier Kristina Keneally came to town recently she indicated a specialised drug squad wasn’t on the cards,” Snr Cnst Hamilton said.

“It was a slap in the face for local police and the local community.”

Snr Cnst Hamilton said the Premier also indicated the Tweed-Byron command was 18 officers above its authorised strength.

“While this may be correct, it doesn’t properly reflect the operational strength of the command.”

Snr Cnst Hamilton said one-quarter of their officers are not available on a full-time operational basis.

“How can any government expect the local police to properly protect the local community from a range of crime problems, let alone the spiralling drug problem the Tweed community faces?,” he asked.

“If there has ever been a prime case for the introduction of a drug squad, this is it.”

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