The state member for Wallsend Sonia Hornery says the Hunter has been overlooked in the allocation of a new cohort of police recruits graduating from Goulburn police academy on Friday.
The NSW Police Force announced on Friday, December 7, that three of the 257 graduates would be sent to the Hunter region.
NSW police will officially welcome the new recruits as probationary constables at a ceremony in Goulburn. They will begin work at their assigned stations on Monday.
Of the three recruits posted to the region, one will be sent to the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District, one to Newcastle and one to Lake Macquarie.
Ms Hornery said regional police districts had been overlooked in the allocation.
More than 80 per cent of the rookie cops have been assigned to stations in Sydney.
“Only three new recruits for the whole of the Hunter shows that this government continues to ignore our cries for more resources,” Ms Hornery said.
“If this is considered a fair distribution of new recruits then we need to look at the way recruits are allocated.”
Ms Hornery, who has been campaigning for a greater police presence in her electorate of Wallsend, says she believes those suburbs on the edges of police districts bear the brunt of understaffed stations.
Parts of her Wallsend electorate fall within the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens-Hunter Police Districts.
“The Wallsend electorate covers three police districts and the major cause for concern seems to be the fringes where the districts meet,” she said.
“The latest BOCSAR statistics show Beresfield and Tarro have a number of crime categories well above the State average.
“More police on the beat are needed. We deserve our fair share.”