Yes Minister, give us a 24-hour station
A SILVER sedan smashed and burnt out in Barker St, Casino, with police tape wrapped around it after an eventful Saturday night is testimony to the need for 24-hour policing in the area.
Richmond Valley Council has vowed to continue the fight for the much-needed service.
Mayor Ernie Bennett said the council was responding to the concerns of local residents.
Cr Bennett said Casino was a great country town with a fantastic lifestyle but the people and businesses were fed-up with rising crime.
He said the council's renewed push for a stronger police presence was in response to the immediate need in the community.
"We don't need more reviews into police numbers; everyone knows what is needed," he said.
"Our local police officers work incredibly hard to protect the community but there needs to be more of them and they need to be better resourced."
Cr Bennett and general manager John Walker are part of a NOROC delegation in Sydney this week and they're hoping to catch up with NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher.
"Clearly this issue requires a political solution and meetings with local members of parliament and relevant ministers are needed to progress this matter," Cr Bennett said.
"I'm calling on Minister Gallacher to step in now and act and give Casino what it deserves, which is a 24-hour police station."
Mr Walker said while the council had secured funding for CCTV in Casino, it was not an alternative to additional policing.