Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that 1500 new police will be added to the NSW Police Force – the biggest increase in 30 years.

“The 1500 extra police will benefit every single community across NSW, including the Coffs Coast, thanks to a record investment of $583 million by the Government,” Mr Fraser said. “The Nationals in Government have already delivered more than 1000 new police since we were elected, and these 1500 new recruits will put more police where they are needed – out on the frontline, tackling crime across the state.”

“NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and with this boost to police numbers, our men and women in blue will be able to meet future crime challenges head on.”

Minister for Police Troy Grant said protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community – our children and the elderly – was undoubtedly one of the most important roles that NSW Police perform.

“To ensure police have greater capability to keep a watchful eye on known offenders against children, and ensure our elderly are better protected from abuse, all 58 Police commands across NSW will receive a Child Protection Officer and Elder Abuse Prevention Officer,” Mr Grant said.

Commissioner Fuller said this commitment to the New South Wales Police Force was historic.

“We have re-engineered the organisation to ensure our structure has us well placed to prevent, disrupt and respond to crime throughout the community. Now we can also grow the Force to boost our efforts even further,” Commissioner Fuller said.

President of the Police Association of NSW Tony King said this investment in police numbers would undoubtedly help ease the burden and strain on current officers.

“I am thrilled the Government has listened and worked with us to deliver the biggest increase in police numbers in more than three decades,” Mr King said.

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