Media release

Tuesday, 20 November 2018



Extra police will be stationed across the Monaro with 1,500 new police being added to the NSW Police Force – the biggest increase in 30 years, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

Mr Barilaro said every single community across NSW including the Monaro, will benefit from 1,500 new police, thanks to a record investment of $583 million by the Liberals & Nationals Government.

“I acknowledge the burden and strain that our heroes in blue endure every day for the safety and security of the community, so today we reconfirm standing with them,” said Mr Barilaro.

“I am enormously proud, that under the leadership of the Liberals and Nationals we are able to provide the largest boost to officer numbers in 30 years.

“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.

“Our men and women in blue work day in, day out in the best interest of our community, it’s important that they are supported with the resources that they need.”

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. These 1,500 new police are another example of our hard work paying off for the community,” 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 this commitment to the New South Wales Police Force is historic.

“We have re-engineered the organisation to ensure our structure has us well placed to prevent, disrupt and respond to crime throughout the community,” Commissioner Fuller said.

President of the Police Association of NSW Tony King said this investment in police numbers will undoubtedly help ease the burden and strain on current officers.

“I am thrilled the Government has listened and worked with us to deliver the biggest increase in police numbers in more than three decades,” said Mr King.


Police in the Snowy Mountains during winter. Photo Steve Cuff