The Tweed-Byron and Richmond police districts are set to get more ‘high visibility’ officers on the beat after the state government announced it was allocating an additional 60 police across the Northern Region.
The region contains 11 police districts from Newcastle to the border. There is no exact figure of how many officers will be allocated to each district.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the presence of more men and women in blue ‘will make criminals think twice before breaking the law. With more eyes on them, there’s more chance of being caught and charged by police’.
‘Having extra officers on hand also supports business owners and locals alike in feeling more safe and secure across the community and being confident to raise any concerns.’
He added the state government planned ‘to deliver 1,500 extra police officers over the next four years’.
‘These new high visibility police are just one small part of plan. This is the single biggest increase to the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years – it’s an incredible step forward in policing, and a huge win for the community.
Mr Provest said the high visibility police officers will be trained in intelligence gathering so they can ‘proactively identify emerging crime trends and tackle them head-on’.
‘Along with providing high visibility foot patrols, the new officers will also be deployed to major events, transport hubs and busy areas to keep the Tweed community safe,’ Mr Provest said.