Shadow Police Minister Guy Zangari and State MP for Granville Julia Finn are worried the re-engineering of the NSW Police Force will see the loss of trained officers who specialise in domestic violence response and victim support, youth and community liaisons, licensing and compliance and intelligence.
IN a major shake-up of the NSW Police Force, the Holroyd and Rosehill Local Area Commands (LAC) will merge to become the Cumberland Police Area Command (CPAC) while Flemington will continue to stand alone.
Both Shadow Police Minister Guy Zangari and State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, have voiced concerns that the amalgamation plans will see the loss of specialised officers.
They noted that the two LACs already operate under their full strength, with Holroyd authorised to have 134 officers but only fielding a complement of 124 as of July 31, while Rosehill had 112, six short of their authorised 118 officers.
"Local police officers and residents are anxious this will leave our communities less safe," Ms Finn said.
"As Western Sydney's population continues to grow we need to ensure we have more police on the street, not less."
Announcing the statewide restructure which will see rebranded "police area commands" instead of LACs, NSW Police commissioner Mick Fuller said on Friday that while the number of Sydney metropolitan LACs will drop from 42 to 32, the move will see fewer management positions in exchange for more frontline officer roles.
"At the end of this process, the public will have more police on the ground in their communities, better equipped to proactively disrupt and prevent new and emerging crimes," Comm Fuller said.
"A large aspect of that is putting more police back on the frontline and a flexible workforce is a good outcome for the community."
Police Minister Troy Grant said the last major organisational changes to the force occurred two decades ago, adding that it was "entirely false" to suggest that police services would be lost.
"The process of re-engineering is designed to place more frontline officers where we need them the most," he said.
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