Wallsend State MP Sonia Hornery has welcomed news that the Newcastle City Police District will receive three new police officers in the latest allocation of new recruits.
Ms Hornery has been lobbying the NSW Minister for Police, David Elliott, and NSW Assistant Police Commissioner, Mark Jones, for additional resources.
She says the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens have been ignored in previous allocations, with just 18 officers allocated in the last three years.
However, she believes the new recruits will be a much-needed boost, particularly in the Wallsend electorate, which has been experiencing above normal rates of crime.
“I have been pushing hard for more recruits and resources in our region,” she says.
“It is somewhat disappointing though that Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens Hunter were overlooked for new recruits.
“I have had an ongoing dialogue with the Minister’s office and the Assistant Police Commissioner about more numbers for our area and will look to continue that in the New Year.”
“The additional officers will all be frontline staff in uniform, so we should see an increased presence in the Wallsend electorate.
“I know [the electorate] will be very happy with this increase; they have been very vocal and have actively supported a push for more police.”