Tamworth branch of the Police Association of NSW call for 25 more police officers in the Tamworth and Oxley area

Breanna Chillingworth

OXLEY police need 25 more officers on the ground if they’re to curb crime and win the war against ice, the state’s police association warns.

On Thursday, the Tamworth branch of the Police Association of NSW (PANSW) will call for more than two dozen new police positions to be placed in the Oxley district to bolster the ranks and get boots back on the street, fighting crime.

It comes as the PANSW warns the police district is already 11 officers short with current vacancies across Tamworth, Gunnedah, Quirindi, Boggabri and Narrabri.

“We're struggling here in Tamworth to manage the ice scourge and anybody that is in some of our communities knows we're struggling to keep up with demand the drug crime puts on us,” PANSW Tamworth vice-chair Josh McKenzie told The Leader.

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