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They say four main areas of concern are being targeted -illegal hunting,stock theft, trespassing and firearm theft.

Meanwhile, 57 newly graduated officers have joined police in the Northern region in what the state government says is the biggest investment in new police positions in 30 years.

The Tweed/Byron police district has four new officers, who Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Acting Superintendent Michael Dempsey says will greatly benefit the wider region. 

‘As our population in the Tweed/Byron area grows, so too does demand,’ said Acting Supt Dempsey.

‘We are thrilled that these probationary constables will be making the Far North Coast their home for the next 12-months,’ he said, ‘four new recruits means more officers out in the community, helping to keep our region safe’. 

‘These new recruits are out in the field from day one, experiencing the whole Tweed/Byron District through general duties taskings.’

Meanwhile, Richmond Police District Superintendent Toby Lindsay has welcomed eight recruits further south, including one woman, for the team covering Lismore, Nimbin, Ballina and surrounds.

Six recruits have joined the team in Coffs Harbour.

Recruits were sworn in to the police force in Goulburn on Friday, 23rdof August and start twelve months of field-training today.

They will start with 12months of field-based training.

‘After months of training away from their homes and families, this is the first step they will take in their long and fruitful careers with the NSW Police Force,’ Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said, ‘these new probationary constables will bolster the region numbers to record levels, and will instantly make a real difference to their communities’.

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  1. Oh Joy Joy ! ,
    Well, at least this should have an effect on the unemployment figures .
    Something must be done with these unwanted and un-employable ,so sign them up for “the kings schilling”unfortunately as has always been the case with the ‘rum corps’ “once a copper never a man” and the historical truth is these bludgers are the most dangerous threat to a decent life for Australians.
    They swear alligiance to England not Australia .


  2. Sure just what we need me coppers telling us what to do. the penal colony of NSW. more revenue raking for the government’s failed infrastructure screw ups. Dopey LNP fascist morons

  3. great, four new cops, starting salary for a probationary constable according to NSW police recruitment, is $71,814 in the first year, including shift penalties. I can see why they are keen to join up. would not that quarter of a million be better spent, on housing the homeless perhaps? or anything really.

  4. At the 13th August peaceful rally outside the Condong cogeneration plant a dozen blackshirt cops turned up. Three cars, a four-wheel drive and a minibus were arrayed between the crowd of perhaps fifty protectors and the cogen plants stockpile of (supposedly) sugarcane waste.
    After claiming that the rally was on private land, which at best is highly doubtful, one of the blackshirted cops went around photographing the number plate of every one of the protectors cars. This fellow reckoned we were taking pictures of them so he would record our number plates! Intimidation, anyone?
    But hang on – don’t WE pay the wages of the police force and their political masters? Given that the average age of the totally peaceful protectors would have been around 50 years, why was such a show of force by the cops necessary? What has Australia become?
    After that chilling experience, it doesn’t seem like such great news that Tweed will get four more coppers.

  5. The ill-informed and abusive commentary here about NSW police answers part of Murray Farqhuar’s questioning of their salary. Police these days are tertiary educated professional’s doing difficult jobs in the face of the sort of commentary written here. Other front-line professionals like nurses and ambos too often face similar abuse, and deserve to be well paid for doing it.

    No one would suggest every one of our large police force acts to the standard we expect on every occasion – nor does every nurse. Plainly some people do not like some of the laws the police must enforce but that is no excuse for abusing them for doing. If you don’t like a law lobby and vote to change it, and allow the rest of the community to welcome new police to our region.


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