HUME COMMAND TO BENEFIT BY THE DOZEN FROM POLICE NUMBERS BOOST

The Hume area command will be bolstered with an additional 12 officers this financial year; a total increase of 21 over 4 years.

A significant boost to specialist police units to target organised crime, domestic violence and terrorism will also form part of 550 new positions in the NSW Police Force this financial year.

The final allocation of positions delivers on the State Government’s $583 million commitment for 1,500 extra police positions over four years.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the increase would allow police to respond to the needs of the Goulburn community.

“The additional 12 officers are a significant allocation to the Hume Police District which includes officers to the communities of the Goulburn electorate and I thank the NSW Government for listening and addressing the need.

“Local police approached me last year to express their desire for an increased presence. I was pleased to make representations and advocate to the Minister for Police on their behalf,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said the commitment represented the biggest increase in police numbers across the State in more than 30 years.

“We’re boosting every area and aspect of the NSW Police Force – including our general duties police, domestic violence specialist investigators, police prosecutors, counter terrorism police and organised crime squads,” Mr Toole said.

“These extra positions mean more proactive policing, more foot patrols, more visibility of police in high-risk areas, more support for victims, and more time to investigate crime.

“An effective police force requires the support and resources to stay ahead of the game and disrupt crimes before they occur.”