Crims beware ? more police are on the way

FIVE extra police officers will soon be patrolling our streets with the possibility of more to come next year for the Coffs/ Clarence Local Area Command.

Making the announcement yesterday, Police Minister Carl Scully said the new probationary constables would, subject to all officers graduating successfully, be part of 10 new police officers for the State's North Coast.

He said the new officers would be drawn from approximately 350 probationary constables who would graduate from the Police College at Goulburn on September 1.

"A further 750 will graduate in January next year and these commands will be in line for more officers again then," Mr Scully said.

"Those graduates will raise authorised strength to a record 15,206 officers across NSW."

Mr Scully said crime had been falling or stable in almost every category for several years.

"This increase in operational strength demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to driving down crime across NSW," he said.

Earlier this week, NSW Opposition leader, Peter Debnam, and NSW Leader of The Nationals, Andrew Stoner, launched an online petition calling on the New South Wales Labor Government to allocate more police to country areas.

Mr Stoner said the petition aimed to drive home the message that rural and regional communities had had enough of cuts to police numbers.

He urged country residents to visit www.morecountrycops. and sign the petition.

For those without access to the internet, petitions can be signed at the offices of Liberal or Nationals MPs.

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