Boost for Cross Border Policing

28 Jul 2010 10:13 AMJann Stuckey

28 July 2010

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP, is pleased to see an increase in the number of Coolangatta police officers appointed as Special Constables for the State of New South Wales following her request to the Minister for Police.  

“The issue of Special Constables arose earlier in the year when the perpetrator of an alleged assault in Coolangatta fled to the other side of the border and escaped arrest from officers awaiting processing of their Special Constable status,” said Ms Stuckey.

“I brought the issue to the attention of the Minister in May and asked that the Government streamline the processing time for this necessary cross-border qualification.

“Figures obtained from parliamentary questioning showed that as of 16 June this year, only 69% of officers at Coolangatta station were Special Constables.

“However after the next round of processing is complete, the number will be brought to 94% with Special Constable status, which is a significant improvement.

“First Year Constables who rotate through various Gold Coast divisions and those awaiting confirmation of their appointment are not included in this figure.

“This is a positive boost for cross-border policing efforts.

“Residents simply want to feel safe in their own community and expect their police to have the necessary powers and qualifications to do the job.

“I urge the State Government to continue to ensure that Special Constable status is given priority for officers at Coolangatta to reflect the unique needs of our cross-border area.
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