Cessnock City Council launch ‘More Police on the Beat’ campaign

Cessnock City Council is urging the NSW Government to give our local police command the support and resources they need to keep our community safe.

Cessnock City Council is urging the NSW Government to give our local police command the support and resources they need to keep our community safe.

A motion passed at a general Council meeting during August saw Councillors agree, the growing pressure on police working in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent labelled the need for an increased police presence and improved police stations in the LGA a community priority and expectation shared by all.  

“Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and surrounds are experiencing rapid growth, however the resourcing of our local police force does not reflect this.”  

“Our police do a wonderful job in protecting our community but their resources are stretched thinly, making it difficult to operate to the best of their ability.”  

“These concerns have been shared with Council by the men and women in uniform, who do not feel adequately equipped to deal with an increase in demand on local services.”

 Mayor Pynsent was the first to sign an online petition he launched today urging the state government to give the Cessnock LGA command the support they deserve.  

In particular the petition is calling for an increase in staffing levels and for the ageing infrastructure of our local police stations to be addressed.  

Residents across the LGA are being urged to throw their support behind the ‘More Police on the Beat’ campaign and sign the petition. For more information or to sign the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/nsw-government-cessnock-more-police-on-the-beat.

In addition to this Cessnock City Council will write to the NSW Government in a bid to gain their support to see the establishment of a strategic emergency services precinct adjacent to the Hunter Expressway.

 9/11/2017