More police to patrol the high seas
By CRAIG McTEAR
COFFS Harbour's water police will soon be better equipped to tackle crime on the high seas.
Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said in Coffs Harbour yesterday the station would get another officer in January, bringing to five the number of full-time police based there.
In addition, a new police fleet will be phased in over the next 18 months, with each of the existing three vessels targeted for replacement by more powerful boats.
He also revealed the State Government had Coffs Harbour Police Station in its sights 'for some significant work'.
There has been intense lobbying over several years for both a new station and a new courthouse to be built in the city.
Coffs/Clarence local area commander, Superintendent Ian Lovell, said Coffs Harbour was in line for 'substantial renovations' which he estimated would take place within the next three years.
Mr Lovell said the station was on a list of 16 earmarked for improvements across the State.
During his visit, Mr Scipione would not be drawn into the debate over the need for a 24-hour police station at Sawtell. He also did not comment on calls by Nambucca Shire Council for a 24-hour station, nor its request to be transferred out of the Mid North Coast Local Area Command.