Police review hailed

THE author of a report into police resource and staffing levels, that identified a shortage of more than 300 officers in the Northern Region Command in 2006, has begun his audit of police resources for the O'Farrell government.

Former Northern Region Commander Peter Parsons will conduct the three-month analysis of resources and staff across NSW.

Police Association Northern Region executive member Tony King welcomed the appointment of his former boss to conduct the statewide review.

“We fully support the appointment of Peter Parsons to conduct the audit and implement an allocation model,” he said.

“The sooner this audit is complete the better for both the police and communities on the North Coast.”

Mr King said the association hoped the resource allocation model would address the staff shortages in the Coffs Clarence command and across the whole Northern Region.

“In 2006 Peter Parsons, while the Northern Region commander, completed what was known as the futures project for the Northern Region,” he said.

“That report identified that in excess of 300 more police were required in the Northern Region at that time.

“His appointment is looked upon with great anticipation by the police in this area.”

The audit has also been welcomed by Clarence MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Police Steve Cansdell.

Mr Cansdell, who had pushed for more police for the Clarence while in opposition, said now he was in government, when the resource allocation model was complete the Clarence would get more officers.

“Peter Parsons has been seconded by Police Minister Michael Gallacher to this statewide police station audit,” he said.

“Police numbers, their workloads, resources and everything else will be taken into consideration.”

Mr Cansdell applauded the appointment of Mr Parsons saying he was a police officer who understood what the force needed.

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