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MP welcomes police boost

Additional officers and resources will be brought in to better support the local Area Command. Photo: NSW Police FB.

Member for Albury Justin Clancy has welcomed the news of a boost in police numbers across the Murray River Area Command with an additional 10 officers appointed this financial year.

The extra positions are part of a state government commitment from 2018, to hire 1500 staff over four years at a cost of $583 million.

Mr Clancy said the increase would allow police to respond to the needs of the local community.

“We know and appreciate how much work our dedicated local police perform, and this pleasing announcement is once again a strong response from the NSW Government to the representations made on behalf of the community,” Mr Clancy said.

“In real terms we are seeing significantly more police officers on the ground right here. I welcome the new officers and their families to Albury and Murray River Area Command and wish them success and professional fulfilment as they settle into the community.”

At Murray River Area Command they will fill roles as detective, general duties police and Rural Crime Prevention officers.

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

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.”