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Officers being sent where they are most needed: O'Farrell

STAFFING at North Coast police stations was at the centre of a mud-slinging match between Premier Barry O'Farrell and Opposition Leader John Robertson in NSW Parliament this week.

Of the 202 officers graduating from Goulbourn Police Academy on Friday, most are going to be stationed in Sydney.

Only 11 of the new officers are headed for the State's Northern region - the smallest allocation for any police region in the state - with two of those destined for the Richmond Local Area Command, one for Coffs/Clarence and none for Tweed/Byron.

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During question time Mr Robertson asked the Premier why priority was not being given to the state's Child Abuse Squad after a human resources review warned children would continue to be abused if officer numbers were not increased.

Mr O'Farrell said that while it was the commissioner's job to allocate police and any premier that directed him otherwise would deserve to be "booted out of the office", he was confident every officer was being sent where they were most needed.

He said since he became premier the bulk of the 1700 graduates had been sent to critically understaffed stations in Sydney's west and the North Coast including 23 to Coffs Harbour and 29 to Tweed/Byron.

He rejected the suggestion police were not being given the resources they needed and said squads would continue to be given the power they needed to achieve results like the gang squad which this week smashed the leadership of the Comancheros bikie gang.

Mr O'Farrell said the commissioner would be deploying them as "he sees fit".

WHERE THE NEW OFFICERS ARE GOING:

NORTHERN REGION: 11

  • Central Hunter 1
  • Coffs/Clarence 1
  • Hunter Valley 2
  • Lake Macquarie 2
  • Newcastle City 1
  • Port Stephens 1
  • Richmond 2
  • Tuggerah Lakes 1

CENTRAL METROPOLITAN REGION: 58

  • City Central 3
  • Eastern Beaches 4
  • Eastern Suburbs 3
  • Harbourside 8
  • Hurstville 4
  • Kings Cross 2
  • Leichhardt 1
  • Miranda 5
  • Newtown 7
  • Redfern 1
  • Rose Bay 4
  • St George 4
  • Surry Hills 5
  • Sutherland 3
  • The Rocks 4

NORTH WEST METROPOLITAN REGION: 43

  • Blacktown 3
  • Blue Mountains 5
  • Eastwood 3
  • Gladesville 2
  • Hawkesbury 2
  • The Hills 1
  • Holroyd 3
  • Kuring-Gai 1
  • Manly 5
  • Mount Druitt 2
  • North Shore 1
  • Northern Beaches 4
  • Parramatta 1
  • Penrith 5
  • Quakers Hills 2
  • St Marys 3

SOUTH WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION: 54

  • Ashfield 4
  • Bankstown 16
  • Burwood 1
  • Cabramatta 2
  • Camden 2
  • Campbelltown 2
  • Campsie 4
  • Fairfield 4
  • Flemington 6
  • Green Valley 1
  • Liverpool 2
  • Macquarie Fields 2
  • Marrickville 4
  • Rosehill 4

 

SOUTHERN REGION: 14

  • Albury 1
  • Cootamundra 1
  • Deniliquin 1
  • Griffith 4
  • Lake Illawarra 2
  • Monaro 1
  • Shoalhaven 1
  • Wagga Wagga 2
  • Wollongong 1

WESTERN REGION: 22

  • Barrier 2
  • Barwon 3
  • Canobolas 1
  • Castlereagh 3
  • Chifley 2
  • Darling River 2
  • Mudgee 4
  • Orana 3
  • Oxley 2

TOTAL ALLOCATIONS 202

Topics:  barry o'farrell john robertson nsw parliament police


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