Police campaign for 2500 more cops an election issue

Mark Morri

THEY are called “ghost cops” — the extra police promised to fight crime on the streets who are missing in action.

The Police Association of NSW has released figures showing there’s a secret shortfall of almost 900 officers at suburban stations despite an overall increase in the force.

It says the creation of specialist squads has soaked up the additional headcount and ripped local cops away from the beat without funding replacements.

In an indication the union is going to make law and order an election issue, the Association will today launch a campaign called “Back the Blue’’ calling for an extra 2500 police to fill the gaps and keep up with population growth.

Many of the hot spots for ghost cops are in Sydney’s southwest where population growth is far outstripping the allocation of police resources.

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