NSW Police Association Central Hunter branch offered 10 new police positions from NSW Police Force senior executive

Maitland’s plea for more policehas been answered with NSW Police senior management offering 10 new positions to the Central Hunter.

And in a further show of support for the regioneight officers have been earmarked for the Hunter Valley command, which includes Singleton and Muswellbrook.

The offer comes after the NSW Police Association Central Hunterbranch took up industrial action in November as frustrations abouta lackof numbers boiled over.

The branch had called for 20 new positions, butbranch chairman Mitch Dubojski said 10 was a“very good start”.

“This isn’t a win or loss scenario, but it’s a large step forward,” Mr Dubojski said.

“It will help enhance our response times and allow us to provide a better service to the community.”

The branch is expected to formally endorse the offeron Thursday.

Read more: Police battle very thin blue lineNot a single new copNew police structure becomes clearerFrustrations grew after the NSW Police Force senior executivepromised that its long-awaited policere-engineering process would put more boots on the ground in exchange for an overhaul of the existing commandstructure. ButMr Dubojski said at the time no assurances on extra numbers had been given, hence the decision to proceed with industrial action.

Action was called off after a few weeks whenthe Police Commissioner pledgedto assess what additional resources were neededby mid-December.

The Central Hunter will splitinto two new-look districts under the re-engineering process in January. Mr Dubojski said the 10 new positions will move with Maitland into the Port Stephens-Hunter district when the changes come into effect.

Who the new officers will be and when they will start is yet to be decided, but Mr Dubojski said he was glad they had an answer on the numbers.

“The re-engineering process has been tremendously stressful,” he said.

“This isdefinitely going to provide everyone with more of a positive outlook towards what they’re doing. Especially coming up to the festive season, which is always a busy time for us.

“It’s very reassuring that the senior executive has listened to our concerns and balanced out numbers with the needs of the community.

“We want to thank the community for all of its support.”

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