Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has announced community safety will soon benefit from the rollout of a new specialist police team, targeting mid-level crime in the Northern Region.
Deputy Commissioner for Regional Field Operations Gary Worboys today visited the Coffs Harbour Police Station to announce the newest Region Enforcement Squad in country NSW.
Mr Fraser said the new Region Enforcement Squad would aim to decrease the workload for frontline police in the Coffs Harbour electorate.
“By pooling resources in our regions with the capability to prevent and disrupt crime, our officers will be able to focus more on proactive policing rather than reactive policing,” Mr Fraser said.
“I know residents on the Coffs Coast will welcome this new squad and continue to assist local police by reporting any suspicious activity in their community.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is absolutely committed to giving our regional officers all the support they need to stop crime in its tracks.”
Minister for Police Troy Grant said Commissioner Fuller is driving the first significant reforms to the NSW Police Force’s structure in two decades.
“Today’s announcement is another example of what regional communities can expect to see as the re-engineering process continues,” Mr Grant said.
“Region Enforcement Squads aim to prevent and disrupt property-related offences, domestic violence, mid-level drug supply and rural crime. These are the types of crime which continue to impact the everyday lives of residents and businesses.
“The message here is simple: More resources for country cops, fewer victims, and less pressure on the frontline.”
Deputy Commissioner Worboys said it is long overdue the country has the same resources as its city neighbours.
“Region Enforcement Squads are about targeting the criminals that are driving crime in rural areas. The officers will be equipped with covert assets worth tens of thousands of dollars and trained to work on targets across towns and region borders,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“This new unit can be deployed across the region to tackle crimes like mid-level drug supply, which will allow uniformed officers more time to focus on other crimes.”