Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith met with Alstonville community representatives over the weekend to receive their petition for police officers to be stationed permanently at Alstonville.
‘I’ve met with members of the community, our new permanent Alstonville police officer Sean Daley and Inspector Bill McKenna to discuss the impacts of youth crime in Alstonville,’ she said.
‘An elderly resident was terrified during a recent robbery and as far as I’m concerned we need a zero tolerance on crime in our peaceful village and the police agree. This has gone well beyond vandalism and graffiti.’
‘Thankfully we now have a dedicated police presence and hopefully before Christmas the second officer will be appointed and take up residence in the station,’ said Ms Smith.
‘I will present this petition to the NSW Parliament this week. I am thankful to the business owners and community members who have signed the petition. It will bring attention to the fact that NSW Police are hamstrung by their human resources policies which do not allow them to replace officers who are on sick leave, maternity leave or other long term leave.’
‘Our police are taking the issue of youth crime in Alstonville seriously. Once again I ask anyone who feels unsafe or in danger to please call 000 and they will be responded to,’ said Ms Smith.