Andrew Stoner
Andrew Stoner

I'll put more cops on the beat: Stoner

OXLEY MP Andrew Stoner says he has lobbied Police Minister Michael Daley about policing in Bellingen and Dorrigo.

Mr Stoner, who is also the Nationals’ leader, said he was concerned about the police response to vandalism, assault and anti-social behaviour in the area.

The office of Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told Mr Stoner the State Government was now in caretaker mode ahead of the State election and his concerns had been forwarded to the Coffs/Clarence local area command.

Mr Stoner said if elected, his government would take immediate strategic action to strengthen laws to allow police to do their job.

“If elected at this month’s State election, the Liberals and Nationals will review legislation including the Crimes, Summary Offences and Young Offenders Act – this includes laws concerning firearms, knife and glassing offences,” Mr Stoner said.

“I also intend to put more police on the street to combat crime.”

Mr Stoner said Labor’s approach to law and order had not worked.

“My advice to the community is if you want things to change, then we need to get rid of the Labor government that has been soft on crime and has diluted police presence in regional communities for the last 16 years.”



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