NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley and NSW Shadow Minister for Police Guy Zangari today announced Labor’s plan to support our frontline police by doubling funding for a vital physical and mental health program. Mr Daley also announced the allocation of $80 million towards upgrading police stations across NSW.
The commitment came as Mr Daley addressed hundreds of frontline police officers at a forum organized by the NSW Police Association.
Labor will double funding for the NSW Police Workforce Improvement Program with an additional $12 million, to provide frontline police officers with the support they need to address the stressful and challenging nature of the work they do.
The Workforce Improvement Program provides support for physical and mental rehab, the additional funding will expand and improve the program so all officers get the support they need.
Up to 250 NSW Police Officers will suffer physical injuries every month; and up to 50 officers will suffer a psychological injury each month.
Doubling funding to this important program will allow it to assist more officers, and provide long term assistance to those officers who need the support.
Michael Daley and Labor will allocate $80 million over the next 4 years to upgrade security at police stations across NSW to protect police officers and member of the public visiting police stations from violent offenders, fixated persons and lone wolf attacks.
In the 12 months to September 2018 there were 1540 incidents of assault on law enforcement premises - an increase of more than 20 per cent compared to the previous year.
There is a need for increased security measures at police stations across NSW, especially as many police posts haven’t been upgraded for a significant period of time.
Today’s announcement follows on from Michael Daley and Labor’s commitment to hire 1500 additional police officers over the next four years and expand the overall number of police officers in NSW to almost 18,300 officers.
Michael Daley and Labor will ensure that rural and regional communities get their fair share of new officers to make up for eight years of neglect by the NSW Liberals.
NSW Shadow Minister for Police Guy Zangari said: “The men and women of the NSW Police Force go to work every day ready to risk their lives to keep the public safe. The least we can do is give them proper security, protection and support in their place of work.”