Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the announcement of 1500 new police for NSW the biggest single increase for the NSW police force in more than 30 years.

Following that announcement, the NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM will now look at where those police will be stationed across the commands.

Mr Anderson said he has already spoken to Police Minister Troy Grant and will continue to keep pushing for more police in our region. 

“I want to thank them both for their dedication and commitment in supporting our regional police.

“As a local member I want to ensure that our communities are kept safe that’s why I will keep working with our police to assist them in any way I can.

“As part of the announcement I was delighted to see that police will now have greater capability to keep a watchful eye on known offenders against children and our elderly will be better protected from abuse. 

“The focus will be on proactive and high visibility policing.

“We will be ready to accept new police especially in Gunnedah as we prepare to open the brand new $8m state of art police station and I am working with the local Oxley Police District on an internal re fit of the Tamworth police station to create more space.  

“This sort of investment into our police facilities is exactly what we need to do, to not only provide a modern work environment but to attract new police to our region.

“This year we delivered a record $3.9 million budget for the police force in 2018-19 and we’re proud of this record investment.

“We know the dedication of our police officers and I want them to know I’ll be backing them in every way I can.

“There is increased funding for local women and children experiencing domestic violence to have access to extra crisis accommodation and 24/7 support.

“Another big win is the basing of a Regional Enforcement Squad in Tamworth with a sergeant and three constables forming part of the squad investigating and tackling mid-level crime issues, including the fight against drugs in regional areas.  

“I look forward to continuing to work with the community, our local police and the police minister as we strive to keep our communities safe,” Mr Anderson concluded.  

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