Northern Rivers misses out on new police recruits
UPDATE: A NSW Police Spokesperson said the reason the Northern Region missed out on new recruits this time around was because it received a considerable boost in numbers last year.
The spokesperson said the allocation of the new recruits is based on a number of factors including a region's current strength and its prior allocations or strength increases across the year.
"In the case of Northern Region, it has been well staffed during 2015 and 2016," the spokesperson said.
"Although the region has a number of vacant positions, they have or are currently being filled by advertised positions, and in particular from special remote locations in the western region.
"In May 2015, the region received a considerable boost in strength, with an allocation of an additional 60 authorised police positions, including 11 sergeants and 49 constables. Most commands within the region received additional staff at this time.
"In addition to this, the prior two classes in 2015 also allocated probationary constables to the Northern Region, with four in May and six in August 2015.
"The April 2016 class allocation addresses staffing priorities to meet emerging crime issues or resource needs in other regional and metropolitan areas of NSW."
ORIGINAL: NEITHER of the two Northern Rivers police commands will receive a single new police officer after 109 new recruits took their oath at an attestation ceremony in Goulburn today.
The Central Metropolitan Region, which includes Sydney City, the Eastern Suburbs and Botany Bay, will get 40 new recruits with the next biggest number, 27, being allocated to the North West Metropolitan Region which includes Parramatta, Northern Beaches and Blue Mountains.
The South West Metropolitan Region, which includes Marrickville and Ashfield, will receive 26 new officers, the Southern Region of Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga will get seven and the Western Region of Oxley and New England will get nine.
Not a single recruit will go to the Northern Region, making it the only region of the six in the state not to receive any new recruits.
As well as the Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) and Tweed/Byron LAC, the Northern Region also includes the Newcastle City, Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast, Lake Macquarie and Coffs-Clarence LACs among others.