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New region enforcement squad to work on crime prevention in the Monaro
Friday. 6 October 2017
Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced that community safety will soon benefit from the rollout of a new specialist police team, which will target mid-level crime in the Southern Region.
Minister for Police Troy Grant today joined NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller and Deputy Commissioner for Regional Field Operations Gary Worboys at the Wagga Wagga Police Station to announce the first Region Enforcement Squad in country NSW.
Mr Barilaro said the new Region Enforcement Squad would aim to decrease the workload for frontline police in the Monaro.
“By pooling our regional resources with the capability to prevent and disrupt crime, our officers will be able to place focus on proactive policing rather than reactive policing,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is absolutely committed to giving our regional officers all the support they need to stop crime in its tracks.”
Minister for Police Troy Grant said Commissioner Fuller is driving the first significant reforms to the NSW Police Force’s structure in two decades.
“Today’s announcement is just a start of what regional communities can expect to see as the re-engineering process continues,” Mr Grant said.
“The message here is simple: More resources for country cops, fewer victims, and less pressure on the frontline.”
Commissioner Fuller said it is long overdue the country has the same resources as its city neighbours.
“As the Commissioner I’ve spoken since day one about the need to have a flexible workforce. This is re-engineering in action.
“Region Enforcement Squads are about targeting the criminals that are driving crime in country areas. The officers will be equipped with covert assets worth tens of thousands of dollars and trained to work on targets across towns and region borders.”
Deputy Commissioner Worboys said this is another resource available to tackle the scourge of illegal drugs and rural crime.
“Officers work diligently across the State to put the communities they serve first, and this additional resource will help them prevent and disrupt those crimes that are having an impact on the everyday lives of residents and businesses,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“Region Enforcement Squad units can be deployed across NSW to tackle crimes like mid-level drug supply, which will allow uniformed officers more time to focus on other crimes.”