Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that 1,500 new police will be added to the NSW Police Force – the biggest increase in 30 years.
“The 1,500 extra police will benefit every single community across NSW including the Central Coast thanks to a record investment of $583 million by the Liberals & Nationals Government,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The NSW Government has already delivered more than 1,000 new police since we were elected, and these 1,500 new recruits will put more police where they are needed – out on the frontline, tackling crime across the state.
“NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and with this boost to police numbers, our men and women in blue will be able to meet future crime challenges head on.”
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the NSW Police Force is at record authorised strength levels.
“Because we’ve created a strong NSW economy, we’re able to make additional investments in police personnel and facilities to keep the community safe, despite incorrect claims from Labor,” Mr Crouch said.
“There have been continuous year-on-year increases in police positions since 2011, and this new allocation builds on our strong record, particularly in the Brisbane Water Police District.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the safety and security of NSW communities is the Government’s highest priority.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s careful economic management is enabling us to make record investments in our frontline services. These 1,500 new police are another example of our hard work paying off for the community,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Minister for Police Troy Grant said protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community – our children and the elderly – is undoubtedly one of the most important roles that NSW Police perform.
“To ensure police have greater capability to keep a watchful eye on known offenders against children, and ensure our elderly are better protected from abuse, all 58 Police commands across NSW will receive a Child Protection Officer and Elder Abuse Prevention Officer,” said Mr Grant.