Provest predicts extra police
MAJOR centres such as Lismore, Casino, Ballina, and Kyogle will get an extra 13 police officers between them, while stations between Byron Bay and Tweed Heads will get an extra 20, Tweed MP Geoff Provest has predicted.
Mr Provest said the extra numbers would lift the operational strength of the Richmond and Tweed Byron local area commands to the 90% minimum recommended by this week's Parsons Report into police resourcing.
"We have been anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Parsons Review and it has proven what we have been saying, that the North Coast has been under-resourced for years," Mr Provest said.
"It's a big plus for our existing police force and also for the wider community having more police on the beat.
"To put it in perspective, 24 officers would be enough to man the Kingscliff Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
In the Richmond Local Area Command, Casino residents have long been arguing they need a 24-hour police presence while Lennox Head residents have been pushing to get a police station in the village.
Other towns in the command have also argued they are badly under-resourced.
Mr Provest said he would be heading down to the police academy in Goulburn on Friday to meet the new Tweed Byron officers.
A NSW Police Force spokesman said Mr Scipione was in possession of a copy of the minister's report and would consider its recommendations.
He is due to report back to the minister on all of the recommendations by May 1, 2012, however, he confirmed officer numbers and their allocated patrols should be made available on Friday.