Police Association want assurances in writing before consideration of current offer

The Cowra branch of the Police Association of NSW (PANSW) want assurances regarding the positions offered to them at the Cowra station in writing before accepting any offer.

The Association met with Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie today regarding the Cowra station staffing issues.

PANSW Western Region Organiser Rod Sheraton said the branch and Mr McKechnie spoke about the current offer of Cowra receiving three probationary constables and concerns around the long term security of the positions promised to them.

Mr Sheraton said the branch had been given some assurances by Mr McKechnie but the branch wanted them in writing within the next 24 hours for their consideration.

“The concern of the branch is mainly around the training of those probationary constables,” he said.

“I think we are getting to the position where the branch are going to consider that option and they may be trained at a place like Bathurst for their first six weeks before moving to Cowra.

“Part of their concern last week was certainly around the long term security of the positions, they’re over strength training positions and there was a fear from the branch that those positions would be lost down the track and we’d be back where we are now,” he said.

Mr Sheraton said the police association is asking for 2500 extra police across the state in the next term of government and that Mr McKechnie had, “given us some guarantees and assurances” that the probationary constable positions would remain until the extra police were received and were allocated to Cowra.

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