Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Pic attached: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Bega Andrew Constance with local officers set to benefit from a new Bega Police Station.(Photo Oct 2018)

Bega’s crime fighters will soon have a new base with the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government investing $13 million for a new police station, Bega MP Andrew Constance said.

Mr Constance said it was welcome news for the Bega community, and comes as 201 new recruits attested at the Goulburn Police Academy last week to join the coveted NSW Police Force ranks. Some of the newly-graduated officers will be allocated to the South Coast Police District.

“Our local police will now have the best facilities and resources to proactively prevent and disrupt crime - funding which has only been made possible because of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong financial management,” Mr Constance said.

“It’s not just a win for Bega either; this station will also support law enforcement in other areas of the South Coast including Merimbula and Eden.” 

“The current station is well past its use by date and I am sure a new station will be welcomed by local offices.”

Mr Constance said the state is seeing some of the lowest crime rates in two decades but further proactive work will always continue to tackle emerging issues.

“With the strong ongoing support from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, our police will keep having the tools, resources and boots on the ground to continue driving our record low crime rates even further down,” Mr Constance said.

“Today’s commitment also comes on top of the record $583 million provided for the Force to deliver 1,500 extra police over the next four years – a major boost to our statewide crime fighting capabilities.

“It can be an unenviable and often thankless job being a police officer with the challenges you face on a daily basis – but I know I speak on behalf of our local community when I say how much we appreciate our police and their ongoing efforts to keep everyone safe.”

Minister for Police Troy Grant said the latest recruits from Class 336 are joining one of the most diverse and highly respected law enforcement agencies in the world at a time of unprecedented opportunity.

“It’s such an exciting time to join our men and women in blue – with hundreds more recruits just around the corner, and now even further Government support to ensure our officers have the modern facilities, equipment, and infrastructure to do their jobs,” Mr Grant said.