I am pleased the NSW Government is providing an additional 1,500 new police to the NSW Police Force – the biggest increase in 20 years.

The 1,500 extra police will benefit every single community across NSW including Heathcote, thanks to a record investment of $583 million by the Liberals & Nationals Government.

The NSW Government has already delivered more than 1,000 new police since we were elected, and these 1,500 new recruits will put more police where they are needed – out on the frontline, tackling crime across the state.

NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and with this boost to police numbers, our men and women in blue will be able to meet future crime challenges head on.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the safety and security of NSW communities is the Government’s highest priority.

“NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has provided the Government with a resourcing blueprint for the NSW Police Force that focuses on proactive and high visibility policing,” said Ms Berejiklian.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community – our children and the elderly – is undoubtedly one of the most important roles that NSW Police perform.

“To ensure police have greater capability to keep a watchful eye on known offenders against children, and ensure our elderly are better protected from abuse, all 58 Police commands across NSW will receive a Child Protection Officer and Elder Abuse Prevention Officer,” said Mr Grant.

NSW Commissioner of Police Mick Fuller said we have re-engineered the organisation to ensure our structure has us well placed to prevent, disrupt and respond to crime throughout the community.