The Public Service Association (PSA) holds grave fears many regional areas will be stripped of local police staff under a restructure of NSW Police.
“We are extremely concerned about the loss of critical civilian support staff who ensure police are properly equipped to be able to undertake the full range of their duties on behalf of their local communities,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.
“These roles include staff at Police stations, Forensics officers, Intelligence analysts who track crime patterns and Community Liaison officers.
“As a former uniformed officer himself, Troy Grant is very well aware of the vital role played by civilian support staff in day to day policing in NSW.
“Job cuts in regional areas mean less money going into the local community, families being forced to move elsewhere, taking their spending money with them and removing their kids from local schools.
“Every job in the bush feeds into six others from the local supermarket to car dealers”.
“Regional NSW has already been hit for six by the NSW Coalition Government with cuts in TAFE and National Parks, the privatisation of disability services and a number of other critical public services.”
“We call on the National Party in regional NSW to give an undertaking that local police will continue to have the vital administrative support that allows them to fully serve their communities and that no police officer will be forced into an administrative role and taken off front line duties.”