State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, yesterday met with Newcastle Local District Commander, Superintendent Brett Greentree to discuss policing matters in the Wallsend electorate.
Ms Hornery and Superintendent Greentree discussed a number of issues and agreed to work together to ensure a better Police presence in the western suburbs.
The Police acknowledge that there has been a jump in the number of crimes in the western suburbs and say they have been able to make a number of arrests.
Ms Hornery said education about reporting of crimes and working with the wider community is still key to getting on top of criminal activity in the area.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“It was great to catch up with Superintendent Greentree again and discuss policing issues in parts of the Wallsend electorate.”
“Police acknowledge that there has been a big spike in crimes in the local area, including the Wallsend CBD. A number of arrests have been made, but there is still more to do.”
“Both Superintendent Greentree and I will continue to work with our local schools to assist in reporting issues of truancy so local Police are aware of problems early.”
“The meeting was very positive and as a result I think we will definitely see a greater visibility of Police in the western suburbs but once again reporting is key to having a more permanent presence.”
“There is definitely an underreporting of issues to either Triple Zero or the Police Assistance Line when crimes are happening.”
“We will be working together to educate the community about continual reporting of these crimes through proper channels rather than just posting on Facebook.”