$3.3 Billion for the NSW Police Force12th June 2012
Ministerial media release
The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government continues to put frontline police first with the 2012-13 Budget focussing on increasing Police numbers, investing in infrastructure and strengthening the NSW Police Force for the future.
"The 2012-13 Budget includes $178 million in recurrent funding over four years to employ additional police, as part of the Government's commitment to increase the number of authorised police officers to 16,356 by June 2014," Minister Gallacher said.
"The increase in Police numbers will also see an additional 100 officers in the recently established Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
In 2011, the NSW Government delivered on its pre-election commitment to establish a dedicated Traffic and Highway Patrol Command to increase the safety on our roads and this Budget ensures that we deliver the necessary Police Officers for the future.
"The Government's commitment to commuter safety saw the recent establishment of the Police Transport Command and today we have allocated $115 million over four years to establish a command of 610 officers by January 2015.
"Our commitment to police stations across NSW continues with a further $34 million allocated to continue works on new or refurbished police stations across NSW in Lake Macquarie, Riverstone, Coffs Harbour, Moree, Tweed Heads, Parkes and Walgett.
"Furthermore, this Government is committed to cleaning up the 16 years of neglect of NSW Police Stations and has allocated a further $16 million towards a $61 million project to upgrade police properties.
"This commitment will address issues such as hazardous materials to ensure we deliver appropriate workplaces for our valued officers.
"This Government is also committed to ensuring we support and rehabilitate officers in their return to work and that is why we have invested an additional $14 million in recurrent funding over the next two years towards injury management.
"The Government has also set aside $4.6 million to implement recommendations from the Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the NSW Crime Commission.
"This funding is vital to the ensuring the Government can implement its commitment to reform the Crime Commission for the future.
"The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring Police have the resources they need to perform their duties day to day.
"Today's Budget is about continuing our commitment to build and strengthen the resources of the NSW Police Force," Mr Gallacher concluded.
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