Sage Swinton and Krystal Sellars
The local police union branch has accused the NSW Government of “mixed messages” over a potential new police station at Cessnock.
The frustration comes from the government’s proposal to “re-engineer” the local force, by merging Maitland into the Port Stephens command and Cessnock into the Hunter Valley.
The restructure is expected to put more police on the ground, by reducing upper management.
Local police believed the move would also lead to improved infrastructure, particularly an upgrade to the aging station at Cessnock.
But Police Minister Troy Grant told Fairfax Media there were no plans for a new station at Cessnock.
“The NSW Police Force advises there are no current plans to build a new police station in Cessnock as minor remedial works were completed earlier this year in order to upgrade the station area,” he said.
Mr Grant’s comments have left local police fuming.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” NSW Police Association Central Hunter branch chairman Mitch Dubojski said.
“During recent discussions we were under the impression there would be a fit-for-purpose building constructed within in the Cessnock district. We’re getting mixed messages.”
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