Making our communities safe
A message from Nationals Leader Troy Grant
The NSW Nationals have gone to great lengths to ensure our communities are safer and more secure. Crime and theft in regional areas are issues every community faces, but I believe we have come a long way to deter people from committing these acts.
Societal attitudes have changed and people have become more responsible for their own behaviour, but it is ultimately up to Government to ensure we have a strong police force, backed up with the right tools and effective laws.
With your Nationals in Government, we are driving change in the fight against regional crime. Whether it is restoring frontline police positions, upgrading police stations or mobilising the very best in new crime-fighting technology out to the bush, regional NSW is finally getting the tools it needs to combat crime.
Regional communities were neglected for too long under Labor, who were too scared to venture to the bush for fear of getting dust on their shoes. Police stations and residences were left to rot as a result.
We committed $100 million to fix the problem and ensure the safety and security of our state's finest. Now new police stations are standing and being built in Parkes, Moree and Coffs Harbour. This week I was proud to announce the Nationals would deliver another refurbished police station at Gunnedah, proving even the smallest country communities deserve the best in police resources.
Since December 2011, we have increased police numbers and are on target to deliver on our last election commitment of more than 800 additional police officers. This also involves an additional 100 Highway Patrol Officers watching over motorists, often on regional roads.
We are also cracking down on an issue that is unfortunately all too common in regional NSW. While domestic violence may occur behind closed doors, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government are opening the discussion to put a stop to it.
This week, we announced an Australian-first register that records the names of offenders. This new disclosure scheme in NSW has the potential to significantly advance our efforts to decrease domestic and family violence.
As part of our commitment to tackling domestic violence, we will continue to roll-out the specialised victim-focussed It Stops Here: Safer Pathway program to regional locations, including Broken Hill and Tweed Heads.
This week we also announced our commitment to make the NSW Police Force the strongest in the country – including a commitment to recruit 310 additional officers.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals are not afraid to get tough on crime. We will continue to take actions that prevent crime and protect our communities.
Leader of the NSW Nationals