MP: Too few cops
THE latest furore over Coffs/Clarence police numbers is an all too familiar story for Andrew Fraser.
The Coffs Harbour MP said he was in constant contact with the Police Association, which claimed in yesterday’s Advocate the Coffs Harbour Police Station was struggling to keep its doors open.
Clarence Valley police are also fuming over the lack of officers and they have served a dispute notice on police hierarchy.
Mr Fraser said despite assurances from senior police that Coffs/Clarence was at authorised strength, he was more interested in actual strength.
“Our authorised strength is too low. In regional areas it’s one officer for 700 people but in metropolitan areas, it’s one per 500,” Mr Fraser said.
“In areas such as Kings Cross it would be far higher than that. What we need is a greater authorised strength to bring us up to the state average. We also need to have a policy that, if officers are off on holidays, maternity leave, or health/stress leave, they should be replaced.
“It’s high time the government was honest with the people of NSW and Coffs/Clarence and provide the real numbers and give us the police officers we deserve.”