REVEALED: Fewer Cops On The Coast

Labor releases stats

New stats show police on the Coast are fewer and farther between than in other parts of New South Wales.

Labor has released Parliamentary Library figures to September 2017, showing there are 119 officers per 100,000 people in the region.

The latest Productivity Commission report shows the state average is about double that, at 239 per 100,000 people.

The numbers also show officer numbers have fallen from a force of 445 in January 2011, to 400 to last September.

The most recent figure, is however, up from the most recent low of 390 officers in January 2015, prior to the Coalition’s election.

The Entrance MP David Mehan has questioned the Berejiklian Government's commitment to funding recruits for Tuggerah Lakes and Brisbane Water commands.

"Our local police are understaffed and overstretched," Mr Mehan said.

"The Berejiklian Government is willing to spend $2.5 billion on stadiums in Sydney, but meantime on the Central Coast police numbers and other public services have not kept up with our population growth."

The Coast missed out on new recruits in the most recent police attestation in December, but prior to that three new probationary constables made their way from the academy to Tuggerah Lakes in August.

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