Police meet to discuss staff issues

By KUE DAVIS

POLICE Association members have met in the lead up to the arrival of the new Coffs/Clarence Local Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Holahan, in the hope of addressing staffing issues within the command.

The special meeting was held on Thursday afternoon, with Police Association members discussing options regarding frontline policing.

"This is the beginning of the process of investigating the staffing levels and making recommendations to the incoming commander," chairperson of the Coffs Harbour branch of the NSW Police Association, Brad Jackson, said.

He said the association will now begin gathering information and intelligence to present to the new Local Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Holahan, who arrives on Monday.

They hope to reach a First Response Policing Agreement, which is a negotiated guarantee that actual staffing on a shift by shift basis will be sufficient to meet the predicted workload, based on historical workloads and local intelligence.

"It provides our members and the commander with the security that acceptable levels of staff will be rostered and maintained on each shift to attend to first response policing, regardless of external demands," Mr Jackson said.

"It provides the community with assurance that enough police resources are available to respond to calls for assistance."

He said the Coffs Harbour branch of the Police Association is hopeful that the new commander will view the options favourably.



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