Rural and regional communities will soon welcome new police officers thanks to the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Government was investing $583 million to provide 1500 additional police over the next four years, the single biggest investment for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years.

Mr Anderson’s local Oxley Police District will soon receive an additional five new officers as part of 450 additional police to be assigned to local stations and specialist areas over the next 12 months to protect communities and fight crime.

“I am so proud of the efforts of our local police. Recently they have put some major runs on the board with the cracking of a major drugs and guns syndicate,” Mr Anderson said. “Our frontline police officers put their lives on the line to protect our community. These additional police officers will be sent to stations where they are needed the most to ensure the safety and security of the local community.”

“The bulk of the major crime categories across our region are remaining stable and this is delivering some of the lowest crime rates in years.”

Data from the latest release of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research indicates the crackdown on crime is due to a great deal of hard work by the police and the community.

“Last December the new $8 million refurbished Gunnedah Police Station was opened, further evidence of the level of investment within the Oxley Police District,” Mr Anderson said. “The Government is absolutely committed to giving police across the State the very best resources and infrastructure they need to protect the people of the region.”

In addition to more local police, NSW Police Force ranks will be boosted with high-visibility teams, as well as specialist crime fighters devoted to strategic intelligence and cyber-crime.

“By 2023, we will have a child protection register co-ordinator and aged crime prevention officer at each police area command and police district across the state,” Mr Anderson said.

Among the regional areas to get new police are Orana Mid-Western Police District with six new officers, a total of 19 new police to be welcomed across the Cootamundra Electorate, while the Mid North Coast will get 10 new officers.