Police recruiting still too slow: union
POLICE minister Michael Gallacher has defended the strengthening of the police force by only 210 officers in the last year despite and audit revealing more than 1000 more police were needed.
"We are delivering on our commitment to boost police numbers and the authorised strength of the police force will reach a record 16,665 officers in August 2015," he said.
Police Association of NSW Northern Region executive Detective Sergeant Tony King said in the lead up to the March 2011 state election the association campaigned for 1500 more police across the state.
He said 210 additional officers was a long way short of addressing the number of officer required.
"Any improvement in police numbers is welcome however reports have identified that far more police are needed than 210," he said.
"Communities of the Northern Rivers have been calling for additional police resources for years however all we have seen is minor increases.
"The population of the Northern Rivers has doubled and yet the police numbers have remained stagnant."
Since the Parsons report was revealed with much fanfare in February, Det Sgt King said he was yet to see the police force adopt some if its recommendations.
"The other thing that the Parsons report asked for is a police allocation model so we actually have a formula of why and where the numbers of police are required and where we need them."