Police Association lobbying to address ‘ghost police’ staff shortages

Antonia O'Flaherty

The Police Association of NSW is lobbying the state government to create 2500 extra police officer positions across NSW as part of their “Back the Blue” campaign.

Police Association of NSW South Western region Organiser Rod Sheraton said  the Orana Police Area Command was being “stretched to a breaking point as a result of the NSW government’s refusal to fill 11 ‘ghost cop’ positions”.

He said the unfilled “ghost cop” positions had police numbers allocated but actual officers were not assigned  and they left local communities vulnerable.

“Almost 900 local policing positions across the state are currently being left unfilled, with the officers transferred to other vital policing areas,” Mr Sheraton said.

“In Western Region alone we have 74 unfilled positions.”

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