Kevin Humphries


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Bourke’s crime fighters will soon have an upgraded police station with the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government investing $7 million for improvements to the site, Barwon MP Kevin Humphries said.

Mr Humphries said it was welcome news for the Bourke community, and comes as 201 new recruits attested at the Goulburn Police Academy to join the coveted NSW Police Force ranks, some will be allocated to the Central North Police District.

“The current Bourke Police Station is a multi-purpose regional hub attached to the local court precinct, and it has served our community well,” Mr Humphries said.

“This upgrade will expand and improve on the use of the operational space, and provide local police with improved capacity and functionality to proactively prevent and disrupt crime.

“This is all thanks to the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong financial management and comes on top of our record $583 million investment for the Force to deliver 1,500 extra police over the next four years – a major boost to our statewide crime fighting capabilities.

“It’s not just a win for Bourke either; this station will also support law enforcement in the Far West of the state.”

Mr Humphries said the state is seeing some of the lowest crime rates in two decades but further proactive work will always continue to tackle emerging issues.

“With the strong ongoing support from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, our police will keep having the tools, resources and boots on the ground to continue driving our record low crime rates even further down,” Mr Humphries said.

“It can be an unenviable and often thankless job being a police officer with the challenges you face on a daily basis – but I know I speak on behalf of our local community when I say how much we appreciate our local police and their ongoing efforts to keep everyone safe.”

Minister for Police Troy Grant said the latest recruits from Class 336 are joining one of the most diverse and highly respected law enforcement agencies in the world at a time of unprecedented opportunity.

“It’s such an exciting time to join our men and women in blue – with hundreds more recruits just around the corner, and now even further Government support to ensure our officers have the modern facilities, equipment, and infrastructure to do their jobs,” Mr Grant said.

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