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March 5, 2021

Elliot calls for more police

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Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot has called on her state counterpart to lobby for more police after it was revealed that nine officers had left the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command and not been replaced.

The former police officer says the rising crime rate is a result in part of the drop in police numbers.

‘The fact is, the National Party have failed us in delivering those [officers],’ she told local media.

‘We had… Geoff Provest go to that last election campaigning for more police. But what’s he done? It’s just gone backwards. We’ve lost police we desperately need.’


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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’d like to see a nice graph of Police Numbers in Byron, Ballina, Lismore etc over the past 8-10 years and under the graph, the different political parties in power in the region. As I recall, police numbers have always been an issue for the last 10 years and one party attacking the other on the issue is childish and a waste of media coverage.
    Let us know what your doing about the issue, apart from trying to get a headline.

  2. The Byron Liquor Accord are a good example of the attitude licensed premises have for the local Police , Hospital & Emergency Services . Their lack of co-operation in regards to limiting trading hours & reasonable lock out times is turning Byron Bay into a out of control party town . I couldn`t even begin to imagine what it would be like to do the weekend night shift when confronted by young pissed try-hards who come here on holidays with the attitude of making a name for themselves. The measures taken in Newcastle have been proven to work & must be adopted here & anywhere alcohol fuelled violence has become a problem .

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