Wallsend has been neglected in the allocation of police resources because it sits on the fringes of three different police districts – Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley – NSW Labor’s Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery says.
Ms Hornery again raised the issue of police resources in Parliament on Thursday and called for a permanent solution aside from temporary increases to patrols in Wallsend, which she said would reduce resources available for other areas.
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“Our local police are doing an incredible job with the resources they have, but people in Wallsend are losing faith in the ability of police to help them,” she said.
“When I advise those complaining of crime to contact the Police Assistance Line, they insist that nothing will come of it.
“Their frustration is growing. They should be frustrated with this government, with its refusal to give our hardworking police officers the resources they need.”
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NSW Police Minister Troy Grant said Commissioner Mick Fuller was working with the NSW Police Association on “a detailed an ambitious plan” to determine how many police officers the state will need for the coming years and where they should be based.
He said the government had added more than 1000 extra officers to the force across the state since 2011 and another 100 would start their jobs later this year.
“The commissioner, appropriately, determines the allocation of officers based on operational requirements,” Mr Grant said.