A Minns Labor Government will deliver an additional 50 police officers to the north-west region of Sydney, one of the fastest growing areas in the state,
Labor’s plan – boosting police numbers
Labor will invest $13 million over the next term of government to boost police numbers in North West Sydney.
This is a doubling of Labor’s boost to police numbers in Western Sydney – after committing to $13 million for 50 more police officers in Sydney’s South West.
The additional police officers in the North West will be prioritised across stations in Riverstone, Wentworthville, Windsor and surrounding areas.
Under the Liberals – escalating crime, declining police numbers
Response times for urgent calls in Riverstone are 9 minutes and 51 seconds, while response time in Windsor are 11 minutes and 46 seconds.
This is compared to Surry Hills, which had an average response time of 4 minutes and 5 seconds.
Meanwhile, police officer turnover has more than doubled in the last term of government, from 513 in 2017-18 to 1,286 in 2021-22.
In the last financial year, total police force numbers declined across the state, down from 17,727 in June 2021 to 17,659 in June 2022.
This compounds the failure of the NSW Liberal National Government to meet its own 2019 election promise to recruit an additional 1,500 police officers.
Quotes attributable to Chris Minns, NSW Labor Leader:
“All households and families across our state have the right to feel safe in their communities and NSW Labor will ensure they do.”
“The Liberals and Nationals time in power has seen gang violence rise at the same time police numbers decline, Only NSW Labor will reverse that trend.”
Quotes attributable to Prue Car, NSW Deputy Labor Leader:
“Families across my community are feeling increasingly frustrated as burglaries and crime increase, yet the Liberals have failed to deliver on their promises to increase police numbers.”
“Only a Minns Labor Government will deliver a plan to invest in policing and keep the community safe.”
Quotes attributable to Paul Scully, NSW Shadow Minister for Police:
“The Liberals and Nationals have promised a lot but delivered very little when it comes to boosting police numbers.”
“After 12 years in power, the Liberals record on crime and police numbers isn’t anything to be proud of. Labor will fix the underinvestment in our police force and keep our communities safe.”
CHRIS MINNS MP
NSW LABOR LEADER
PRUE CAR MP
NSW DEPUTY LABOR LEADER
PAUL SCULLY MP
NSW SHADOW MINISTER FOR POLICE