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130 new police officers sworn in... but none for our region

NORTHERN Rivers Local Area Commands have once again missed out on securing new police officers.

None of the the 130 new police officers being sworn in at today's attestation ceremony in Goulburn today will be deployed to the Richmond or Tweed/Byron LAC.

Three officers were assigned to the Hunter Valley LAC - which is one of 12 commands, including Richmond and Tweed/Byron, that make up the NSW Police's Northern Region.

Lismore MP Thomas George said the Richmond Local Area Command's numbers were good.

In his last discussion with Commander Superintendent Greg Martin, Mr George said concerns about police numbers weren't brought to his attention.

"I thought our numbers are at strength,” Mr George said.

Central Metropolitan Area scored the most recruits with 45 officers to be deployed across the command, which includes Sydney City and Kings Cross.

The Southern Region faired marginally better than the Northern Region securing five additional cops.

Lake Illawarra, Wollongong and The Hume LACS among others make up the Southern Region.

The Northern Region's recruit numbers faired better compared to the attestation ceremony in April, where no new recruits were assigned to the region.

It the only region of the six in the state not to receive any new officers.

In May 2015, Police said Northern Region received a considerable boost in strength, with an allocation of an additional 60 authorised police positions.

These included 11 sergeants and 49 constables, adding most commands within the region received additional staff at this time.

Ten probationary constables were also allocated to the Northern Region last year, four in May and six in August.

Assistant Commissioner, Jeff Loy, Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant and the Police Association of NSW were contacted for comment.



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