New police recruits welcome
WITH the introduction of 24-hour policing in Casino, a few new very welcome faces have been added at the police station.
Inspector Doug Connors said more than nine additional positions were filled to be able to serve the community 24/7.
"We are up to a total of 28 general duty staff," he said.
"It's absolutely worthwhile as we now have much better coverage in the early hours."
As proof, Insp Connors said there had already been a decrease in break and enters and malicious damage.
"A good example is in the early hours of a Saturday morning in Casino recently, a vehicle was stopped and police arrested a man and retrieved cash stolen from a break and enter at Old Bonalbo," he said.
Insp Connors warned, however, that 24/7 patrols would not be a "panacea" for all crime.
"In the case of the Casino Golf Club, it has been on everyone's mind as it has been hit so many times," he said.
"It is patrolled more in the early hours."
Insp Connors said the drug ice was a concern in the Casino community.
He said he was also looking forward to the installation of CCTV cameras later this year.