Do not fall into my trap and naively think that the system will look after you . . . Gary McEvoy hopes Coffs/Clarence polic
Do not fall into my trap and naively think that the system will look after you . . . Gary McEvoy hopes Coffs/Clarence polic

Ex top cop?s advice

By CRAIG McTEAR

GARY McEvoy wants Coffs/Clarence police fed up with stressful working conditions to speak up.

In an open letter to local police this week, the former Coffs Harbour detective senior sergeant said they had a chance to 'make a difference' ahead of the March State election.

"Make a stand. Complain to your local member. Complain to your police association," Mr McEvoy said.

"Do not fall into my trap and naively think that the 'system' will look after you."

The disenchanted former detective ? who was part of the investigation into the 2004 rape allegations against the Bulldogs in Coffs Harbour ? was medically discharged from the force in February.

He says the authorised strength for Coffs/Clarence is 167, and has risen by only 1.2 per cent in the past eight years.

"Don't be fooled by current claims by the Police Minister (Carl Scully) that we have an actual strength of 190. Remember that immediately following the next election, they can simply drop the actual numbers back to authorised levels.

"If police numbers increased in ratio with population, your authorised strength would be over 25 more.

"If police numbers increased with the demands of your job, you would have around 20 more.

"If police numbers increased to allow the creation of support positions without touching operations, you would have at least 18 more.

"That's over 63 extra police just to bring the numbers into line with what we had on the frontline 10 years ago."

Mr McEvoy says Mr Scully's claim that Coffs/Clarence is overstrength is 'all clever government and senior police spin-doctoring that I and many others have fallen for over the years'.

He told The Advocate good police were being turned into 'walking wounded' from stress.



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