Show support for 24-hour policing


RICHMOND Valley Council Mayor Col Sullivan has urged everyone concerned about crime to send in or drop off their letters of support for the council’s push for 24-hour policing in Casino.

The letters will be sent to the NSW Minister for Police, Michael Gallacher, to add further weight to the council’s submission for 24-hour policing and extra police in identified areas of need in the Richmond Valley.

The council had hoped to get as many as 1000 letters by June 30 but had received only 300 at the end of last week.

Cr Sullivan said the more letters the council could collect, the greater its chances of success at attracting greater police resources to the area.

“The letters are evidence that the council is not acting alone and that the community is seriously concerned about the level of crime and wants something done about it,” he said.

“Unfortunately there is likely to be 30 or 40 towns in NSW calling on the State Government for more police so we need to present as strong a case as possible and the more letters we get the more weight our submission carries.”

To make it easier for people to show their support, the Express Examiner has published a form letter to Mr Gallacher which can be signed, cut out and dropped off at the council’s offices in Graham Place, Casino.

The council needs to have the letters by close of business Thursday.

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