BOCSAR reveals police assaults in Parkes, Central West and Western NSW

by Grace Ryan

While assaults against police officers appear to be on the rise in some areas in the Central West, the numbers in Parkes have dropped by half compared to the previous year.

But either way, the union has called out for communities to respect the work their law enforcement do.

New figures from the Bureau of Crime and Research Statistics reveal a number of towns in the region have seen an increase of incidents between April 2018 to March 2019.

But Parkes is not one of them.

The number of police officer assaults in Parkes reduced from 17 in the year to March 2018 to eight in the year to March 2019.

In Forbes, its figure of four incidents had not budged over the same time frame.

Dubbo Regional has the largest increase in regional NSW with numbers almost doubling to 52 police assaults in the 12 months leading up to March 2019, as opposed to 27 in the previous year. This is an upward trend of 92.6 per cent.

Orange Local Government Area (LGA) has also seen a significant increase with 33 assaults against the police registered. The NSW average has also increased to a rate of 33 per 100,000 compared to 31.3 per 100,000.

The Police Association of NSW (PANSW) said any increase in figures of assaults on police is a major concern.

"The job of tackling crime and maintaining public safety has - to a disturbing level - seen more assaults just as a consequence of the police going about the job of enforcing the law and doing their job effectively," PANSW president Tony King says.

Read more on the Parkes Champion-Post>>