State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today meet with the Port Stephens/Hunter Local District Commander of Police to discuss policing in the Wallsend electorate.
The meeting will be an opportunity to raise community concerns around the level of crime in the area with many categories well above the state average.
NSW has the lowest ratio of Police Officers to population of any major Australian state, with only 215 officers for every 100,000 people.
The Port Stephens/Hunter Local District received no new officers in the latest allocation of Police recruits.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“The Wallsend electorate covers three Local Police Districts and the major cause for concern seems to be the fringes where the Districts meet.”
“These areas receive the least Police attention and are being neglected when it comes to resources.”
“I want to see a commitment to increasing the presence of Police in this part of the electorate. We are sick and tired of being ignored on the fringes.”
“The latest BOCSAR statistics show Beresfield and Tarro have a number of crime categories well above the State average.”
“Sexual offences, assault and theft are all well above the State average, with theft being three times the State average.”
“This is simply not good enough. I will not allow this to continue.”
“There must be more Police resources allocated to the outer areas of the Wallsend electorate.”