24/7 police promise stalls as we get nil new recruits

THE promise of 24/7 policing at Casino by December looks to be in jeopardy after Northern Rivers police commands were not allocated any of the 170 probationary constables that graduated yesterday.

In fact, from six attestations totalling 1176 probationary constables since December 2012, the Richmond Local Area Command has received only six new recruits - just 0.5% of the total graduates.

Police Association of NSW North Coast Executive Member, Brett Henderson-Smith said that Police Minister Stuart Ayres this week told a budget estimates committee meeting he couldn't guarantee 30 additional officers will be posted to the Northern Region by December.

Mr Henderson-Smith said in March 2014 during a visit to Lismore, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione promised Casino would have a 24/7 police presence this year.

"The commitment was made by former Police Minister, Mike Gallacher, in November 2013 and it now it appears Mr Ayres is not publicly willing to live up to the promise the Government made," he said.

"We expect the Police Minister and the Government to honour the commitment they made to the community of Casino.

"This is something that the community of Casino has been requesting for many years, and any delay in the allocation of new staff will more than likely delay that 24-hour police presence at Casino."

Yesterday, Mr Ayres would not confirm whether policing in Casino would be operational 24/7 by December as promised.

"The staged process to establish 24-hour policing at Casino has continued with an additional five positions allocated and filled," he said.

"Extensive works have been undertaken at Casino Police Station and a second stage of works is currently in the planning stages so the station can cater for the additional officers and operate 24/7."

"The Northern Region will have an extra 60 authorised positions by May 2015."

Meanwhile, neighbouring Tweed/Byron Local Area Command has not received a single probationary constable over the past two years.

Labor candidate for Tweed Ron Goodman said in opposition Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest talked big, declaring that an additional 59 officers were needed for the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.



  • Total number of NSW police graduates: 170
  • Of that number the Richmond & Tweed/Byron commands received: 0
  • Eastern Beaches, Sydney, received: 11

MAY 2014

  • Total: 182
  • Richmond: 1
  • Tweed/Byron: 0
  • Northern Beaches, Sydney: 19


  • Total: 157
  • Richmond & Tweed/Byron commands: 0
  • Northern Beaches, Sydney: 14


  • Total: 161
  • Richmond & Tweed/Byron commands: 0
  • Bankstown, Sydney: 10

MAY 2013

  • Total: 202
  • Richmond: 2
  • Tweed/Byron: 0
  • Bankstown: 16


  • Total: 304
  • Richmond: 3
  • Tweed/Byron: 0
  • Eastern Beaches, Sydney: 14

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