The Richmond Valley Mayor, Ernie Bennett, says 24-hour policing will make a huge difference to life in Casino.
The government this week announced an extra 60 officers will be sent to the northern region over the next six months.
Four of those will go to the Richmond Local Area Command and be stationed at Casino.
Ernie Bennett said the station should be open around the clock by February, when CCTV cameras will also be installed in the town centre.
“We expect that with the extra police, people knowing that they can call the station (and) someone will be there 24-7, it’s going to make a huge difference,” he said.
“For too long you had to wait for police to come from other areas, and by that time it was quite often too late to catch the offenders.People were frightened to go out after dark and walk the streets. There were too many louts playing up and making people feel unsafe. Just the (police) presence will improve things.”
Extra police will also be sent to the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command (10), and Tweed-Byron (4).
Police Minister Stuart Ayres said they will make a significant contribution to the policing effort.
“It’s a big injection of police officers to the local commands in this region,” he said. “It’s been described to me by local police as life changing.”
“I think from a local commander’s perspective it gives them the flexibility to be much more proactive in their taskings. We know that when we match police taskings with intelligence we have a much great impact on driving crime down and driving crime out of our communities.”
Source: ABC News