Labor to boost police by 480 officers to drive down crime and keep our community safe


A Foley Labor Government will deliver an additional 480 police officers in our first term in office as part of a comprehensive package to drive down crime and keep our communities safe.

Labor will also equip our police with the latest technology they need to stay one step ahead of the criminals by investing in a $100 million Police Technology Fund.

Labor will: 

  • Boost the NSW Police Force by 480 officers in our first term – recruiting an additional 300 officers on top of the 180 which will be delivered by August 2015;
  • Invest $100 million in a Police Technology Fund for the provision of improved technological tools for our police;
  • Commit to a $50 million Secure Stations Fund to ensure our police are working in safe and secure facilities; and
  • Fund the $17 million Police Force Wellbeing Program.

Every member of our community has the right to feel safe, and it is our police who are on the frontline protecting our community.

Labor will support our police by boosting their numbers and providing the resources, equipment and facilities needed to drive down crime.

We need an intelligent and smart police force to complement the high visibility policing on our streets.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“Our police put their lives on the line day in and day out protecting our community and Labor will support them by giving them the resources they need to do their job.

“We will boost our police force with extra officers to ensure that our local police stations are properly staffed.

“By putting more police on our streets we can ensure that we further drive down crime and anti-social behaviour that impact all members of our community. 

“Placing more police on our streets in known crime hotspots conducting high visibility patrols, we can ensure that we further drive down crime.

“Our police have done a wonderful job driving down crime – even though this Liberal Government has left many stations across western and south-western Sydney understrength.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Police Steve Whan:

“Labor acknowledges that high visibility policing needs to be supported through a smart and intelligent police force.

“Labor will invest $100 million to improve technology and equipment for our police.

“Labor will work with our police to allocate the additional officers where they are most needed – across both specialist commands and general duties.  We will have a particular focus on addressing under staffing and workload issues in key areas such as western Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Nowra and the northern region.”

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