NSW POLICE FORCE – LAC AMALGAMATIONS PROPOSAL
On Friday, 15 February, Senior Industrial Officer Stewart Little and I met with the
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon. Michael Gallacher MLC, to
discuss the proposed Local Area Command amalgamations. In the week before this
meeting, I asked PSA staff to consult with the affected Commands. Numerous issues
were raised as part of the consultation and we put those matters to the Minister during
the meeting on 15 February.
These matters included, but are not restricted to:
1) the need for clear consultation arrangements prior to any changes.
2) the hope that these amalgamations might provide an opportunity for
temporary administrative positions to become permanent.
3) the importance of location for our members particularly as it relates to
4) how the amalgamation would impact on Intel Officers. We were advised
that at this point, it was not clear but that there would be discussion.
We were advised by the Minister that the intention of the amalgamation is not to
reduce staff numbers and that all the matters we have raised would be considered.
No firm information is currently available with regards to timelines for the
amalgamation or final agreements about which Commands will be amalgamated.
However, the PSA will be having regular meetings with Kathryn Freytag, General
Manager, Workforce Relations & Strategy, and Superintendent Jason Joyce, Project
Manager – LAC Restructure. We will continue to keep members advised of any issues
that arise. We will be involving Departmental Committee Delegates in these meetings.
If anybody wishes to raise matters please contact PSA Organisers: Heather Smith on
0407 498 588 or Lee Coulton on 0499 011 483 – or your local PSA Delegate.