Police chief vows to fight cutbacks

THE Northern Rivers' top cop, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, will make sure Casino police station can 'roll on', even if it loses its crucial administration support person.

Supt Lyons said he would do his best to ensure the position, which was currently under review by police human resources, was not lost.

“I am of the view the position at Casino has an important function in the command,” Supt Lyons said. “I will commit to maintain the roll-on function of that position at Casino.”

The position is one of two administration jobs which may be axed under the review.

The other position is at the Lismore police station.

Supt Lyons said new technology and a move to centralise administration in Sydney were the reasons for the review.

The Casino administrative position has meant the doors to the police station have been able to remain open when police are out on the road.

State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell spoke about his concerns over the potential loss of the position at Casino with senior staff at the office of the Minister for Police in September.

During the meeting, Mr Cansdell presented letters of support from the community, former police officers and a solicitor and was assured they would be considered as part of the review.

“If the position goes it means police won't be out catching crooks, they will be doing administration work,” Mr Cansdell said.

Northern Region Superintendent Geoff Mckechnie said the review of administrative positions was statewide.

It was unclear when the review would be completed, he said.

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