Shadow Minister for Justice and Police, Jodi McKay, has today called on the NSW Government to immediately review the number of Police attached to Inner West Police Stations after figures released by the NSW Opposition show local stations operating at below capacity.
According to the NSW Police Force Operational Capacity Report, the Burwood, Campsie, Marrickville and Leichhardt Local Area Commands are all operating at below full capacity.
Of most concern, is the data from the Burwood LAC, which shows the command is operating with 15 police officers less than what is required. This means local stations are up to 10% under capacity.
“The Government has a responsibility to ensure there is a strong and consistent police presence to make sure the community feels safe and would-be offenders think twice before committing a crime. Yet four major LACs in the Inner West are operating below their full capacity - this is just not good enough.
“In areas where we have seen an increase in robberies and theft over the last twelve months, it is simply not acceptable that the State Government is forcing already over-stretched local officers to work in an under-resourced environment”, Ms. McKay said.
Unfortunately, these Local Area Commands are following a concerning trend seen across NSW, with almost half of the LACs operating at just 90 per cent of their operational capacity.
“Residents in the Inner-West deserve to feel safe. Having fewer police on the street is an oversight the Baird Government must urgently address, Ms. McKay said.