Moroney?s flying visit
By CRAIG McTEAR
KEN Moroney reckons he's well on his way to achieving a goal he set himself five years ago.
In Coffs Harbour yesterday for the first time as NSW Police Commissioner, Mr Moroney said he wanted to visit each of the 444 police stations across the State.
"I've done 390 so far, so I still have the goal in sight," Mr Moroney said.
Accompanied by his wife, Bev, he visited Glenreagh, Coramba and Woolgoolga on Tuesday, followed by Coffs Harbour and Sawtell yesterday.
"It's not only a case of meeting the police and thanking them, their wives and husbands for the job they do, it's an opportunity to talk to police about the issues that confront them on a local basis.
"I talk to them about their internal working conditions, the challenges they face in the local area command, and what additional support I can give them."
Mr Moroney said Coffs Harbour police had told him of the necessity for a new police station, and with planning under way, he stressed the importance of coming up with a building design 'for the future'.
When asked about claims there were not enough police in the Coffs/Clarence command, Mr Moroney said there were always requests for more police, and that no shire president or mayor he had spoken to had ever said they had too many.
"But you have to marry the bids for additional police with additional innovations in policing techniques," he said.
Mr Moroney said northern region commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Parsons, was reviewing staffing levels across the region.
When asked about the numbers of local police on long-term sick leave, Mr Moroney said: "It's about seeing how we can get those officers back to work. If we can't because of the nature of their illness, they should be discharged with dignity, but this is a last resort."