26 October 2005

Nationals' Lismore MP Thomas George today called on the Minister for Police to provide the Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) with extra police.

"The LAC has 13 officers on long term sick or stress leave, 12 on restricted duties and nine vacancies. This equates to approximately 20% of the allocated numbers to the Command.

"Add these figures to those that are on regular holidays and it leaves the LAC with a critical shortage.

"The result of this is police are being drawn from all stations to cover these shift vacancies, which in turn leaves some areas without the expected police presence. For example, a vacancy in Lismore could draw police from Nimbin or Casino, therefore leaving a shortage there," Mr George said.

"I understand that the vacancies at Nimbin, Tabulam & Woodburn are being advertised however there is a critical need to have not only these positions immediately filled but also the other five vacancies throughout the Command.

"I call on Minister Scully to have these problems addressed immediately as the pressure of having 20% of the workforce unavailable is creating a unacceptable work environment for those police doing a tremendous job in not only carrying out their normal policing duties but covering the shortfall as well," Mr George said.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.