New Lismore police station
Construction of a larger Lismore police station is set to start early next year, after it was identified as one of the most rapidly-expanding police operations in the State.
NSW Premier Bob Carr yesterday announced the new station would be built as part of a $200 million capital works plan to lift the standard of police accommodation across NSW.
Twenty-seven other police stations will also undergo improvements over the next five years, including Tenterfield police station.
Richmond Local Area Commander, Supt Bruce Lyons, said he welcomed the announcement and said the new station would allow all facets of police operations in Lismore to be under one roof, including the Richmond Local Area Command and training staff.
"To meet the demands of what we need, the new station will have to be about four times bigger than our present station," he said.
"It's very important because Lismore police have been working in cramped conditions."
The new station will include a new area to store exhibits, more secure gun storage facilities and infrastructure to support new IT systems.