NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord to highlight the Berejiklian Government’s failure to boost police numbers in the Tweed.

Labor pointed to official NSW Police data that revealed that since February 2012 the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has suffered a reduction in police numbers by 33 police officers – under the Nationals.

In 2012, NSW Police numbers were at 198 for the Tweed-Byron LAC, but under the Berejiklian Government police number have dropped to 165.

The drop in police numbers has occurred despite the official opening of the new Tweed Police Station and promises by Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest to increase police numbers.

NSW Labor expressed concern that police numbers were dropping in spite of community concern about violence and ice-use across the North Coast.

Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord called on Mr Provest to explain why his Government had overseen a dramatic reduction in the number of police officers in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command. 

Mrs Elliot also called on Nationals MP Geoff Provest to stand up to his Sydney–centric Liberal-National Government which is spending $2.5 billion on Sydney stadiums instead of police officers in the Tweed.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor leader Luke Foley 

“The Nationals promised to increase police numbers on the North Coast, but we have only seen the numbers go in one direction – down.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord

“It is ludicrous that the State Government would open a new police station, but then not properly staff that facility. This is another example of the Berejiklian Government failing to staff facilities in the Tweed.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot 

“It is strange that the Berejiklian Government can find more than $2.5 billion for stadiums in Sydney, but then fails to provide proper funding for police officers.”