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.’