I am pleased NSW will be a safer state with the first allocation of the NSW Liberals & Nationals $583 million investment in extra police assigned to local stations and specialist areas to protect communities and fight crime.

Three new officers will be joining the Wollongong Police District over the next 12 months to walk the beat and respond to emergencies in the local community.

The NSW Government is delivering record investment to frontline services for schools and hospitals, as well as police and emergency services.

In addition to more local police, the NSW Police Force will boost the ranks of high-visibility teams, as well as specialist crime-fighters devoted to strategic intelligence and cybercrime.

NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and the changing nature of crime meant it was vital more police were introduced into the ranks.

This is a major boost to ensure police have the resources they need to protect the community. These officers include specialist police to deal with aged crime prevention, and to monitor offenders on the Child Protection Register.

I’m thrilled the Wollongong community will be a safer place with this NSW Government investment boosting our Police District.

I am proud to welcome these men and women and wish them every success in their policing careers in the Heathcote community.

Future allocations of positions will be determined based on resource requirements and how best to prevent, disrupt and respond to emerging crime issues.