Top cop goes on sick leave
MYSTERY surrounds the sudden absence on leave of Tweed/Byron’s top cop.
A New South Wales Police spokesperson yesterday confirmed Tweed/Byron Superintendent Michael Kenny was on sick leave. It is unknown what Supt Kenny’s condition is, or how long he will be off work.
“During the Christmas period Tweed/Byron Local Area commander, Superintendent Michael Kenny, fell ill,” the spokesperson said.
“Inspector Owen King will act as the Tweed/Byron local area commander until Supt Kenny’s return.”
The spokesman said a police car belonging to the Tweed Heads police station was stolen recently, but would not confirm rumours that it was Supt Kenny’s car.
“The car stolen was a red Camry sedan, unmarked police car,” they said.
“It’s an administration car. It’s not a police pursuit or first response vehicle.
“It was stolen from the Banora Point home of an off-duty police officer who was on call.”
The spokesman could not confirm if the car contained any police property.
Supt Kenny’s abrupt leave has added to the large percentage of Tweed/Byron officers who do not work full-time.
Tweed Head’s Police Association representative Troy Hamilton earlier this month revealed about 26 per cent (42) of their officers were not available on an operational basis all the time.
“The command as at the end of November, 2009, had 13 officers on long-term sick leave, 13 officers on restricted duties and 16 officers classified as part-time,” Mr Hamilton said.