Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George highlighted his concerns over police numbers in his electorate in Parliament last week.

Mr George, whose electorate takes in a big part of the Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) and part of the Tweed-Byron LAC, used the opportunity in the House to reaffirm the need for additional police officers to these commands.

He said long-term sick and stress leave had been a major ongoing issue, even greater than in other parts of the State, and was causing pressure to both those on leave and those left to cover the workload.

"I congratulate and thank all police officers attached to both local commands in the Lismore electorate for their contribution to policing in the Northern region.

"I was disappointed earlier this year when Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens visited the Richmond, and Tweed-Byron LAC and suggested that they both had sufficient resources. I assured the Minister for Police and the House that the need for additional police officers in both LAC's was urgent," he said.

"It is my responsibility to continue representations for more police officers because my constituents and communities in my electorate are continually confronted with problems that arise as a result of insufficient numbers of police in their areas.

"I have now been informed the Richmond, and Tweed-Byron LAC will only be receiving three new officers each out of the 750 graduating, quite clearly our needs have been ignored," Mr George said.

Mr George welcomed these new recruits as a boost to the command however he said the number of recruits assigned was not nearly enough.

“Being allocated six police to the Richmond, and Tweed-Byron LAC does not reflect the needs of the fastest growing area of the state,” he said.

“Again the Keneally Labor Government has ignored the community needs of the North Coast area and has treated the Northern Region with contempt.

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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