Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today continued the push for a dog unit for the Oxley Local Area Command.


Mr Anderson said “In February this year I lodged a 5000 signature petition in the NSW Parliament on behalf of Tamworth local Renee Bourne, and the Minister has been working on it.


“Parliament is sitting this week and this will be a good opportunity to meet with Police Minister Stuart Ayres and find out exactly where this process is up too.


“We know that on occasions the police dog unit is tasked to our region and has excellent results, so a permanent unit based in Tamworth would greatly assist in helping our police drive down crime and keep our keep community safe.


“Our police do a great job and it’s my job to fight for the resources they need to help them in their day to day operations. I certainly will not be giving up on this issue.


“Because Tamworth is not the same city it once was, we need to provide the resources to keep up with the demand, like providing a dog unit for local police, so that we can once again feel safe in our homes and on our streets.


“Barry and Karen Bourne owners of the Highway superette in Tamworth along with their daughter Renee, began the push for a dog unit after their store on Goonoo Goonoo road and their North Tamworth store were held up. Sadly that’s an example of the environment that we now live in. 


“I also want to thank the community for their continued effort in assisting police to get the job done. Police need our support, and I encourage the community to report any crime or suspicious behaviour.” Mr Anderson concluded.


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