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Friday, 2 March 2012

Police Minister must come clean with planned cuts

Media Release-David Shoebridge MP
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012
David Shoebridge with Casino police and Janet Cavanaugh in October, 2011

Internal police documents produced to the NSW Upper House show that there
are advanced plans by the O'Farrell government to amalgamate between 20 and
30 local area commands and cut up to 150 senior police from the NSW police

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NSW Greens MP and Police Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"The Police Minister has repeatedly said that he would respond to the
Parsons report on restructuring the police force in May, yet the key
resourcing decisions appear to have already been made.

''We now know that high level staff from the police and minister's offices
have got together and decided to push for the amalgamation of between 20
and 30 local area commands.

"The documents also show that Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burns has
responded to the Parsons report by calculating the cost of removing 100
Inspectors and 50 Superintendents from the NSW police force.

"Cutting this level of senior officers will seriously reduce the prospects
for career progression for most serving police, leading to a loss of morale
and oversight.

"It is now clear that the O'Farrell government and the Police Commissioner
have well advanced plans to restructure the NSW Police force and it is time
they let the people of NSW know what they intend to do", Mr Shoebridge said.

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