Border shutdown adds to huge demands

Media Release
Monday 6 July 2020

Extraordinary border measures place huge demands on NSW Police that are going unrecognised

Today’s decision to shut down the NSW-Victoria border is putting the extra demands placed on NSW Police at an all-time high, says the Police Association of New South Wales (PANSW).

“Yet again the police officers of New South Wales will be bearing the brunt of this call to respond to another escalation of the pandemic emergency,” says Tony King, the President of PANSW.

“Time and time again it has been the excellence and professionalism of those officers that has been turned to in order to successfully protect and safeguard public safety.

“It is a sign of respect that the Premier Gladys Berejiklian has continually expressed her utmost trust in the frontline role that our members perform, as she did again today.

“As the battle against Covid-19 ramps up, our call to the Premier and the Treasurer is for them to intervene to move more quickly to reach a settlement on the pay and conditions of the police officers of this state.

“Every passing day since their 2017 Award expired – six days and counting – the hard work of our members and the demands and pressures they are facing are going unrecognised. That’s not good enough. We expect the Premier to put the same urgency on getting it sorted as she has on the swiftness of closing the border”.

ENDS

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