THE Police Association has been campaigning long and hard for more resources on the front line and will continue to lobby, especially in the wake of last week’s state government cabinet meeting in Armidale.
Police attended the community cabinet to press their points and ask some questions, but there were no answers.
Local New England Association delegate Chris Jordan said police need a new allocation model with fairer distributions for country areas.
“The allocation of the model is of particular interest to the New England LAC,” Mr Jordan said.
“Not since December 2011, have we had any probationary constables.”
“There is no allocation model and that’s why we desperately need one.”
The association said the nearby Barwon Command picked up six new probationary constables in the graduating class this week but the ratio of new recruits was pushing higher and higher.
“I’m aware the current ratio for probationary constables at the Moree Police Station is getting close to 40 per cent and at times very difficult to manage,” he said.
“We have lost a number of GD [general duties] front line positions recently [in New England].
“Now we won’t be able to operate the way we have.”
Mr Jordan said they’re eagerly awaiting movement on the issue despite a ministerial audit providing recommendations to the government last year.
But there was no clear answers from Minister Mike Gallacher on Monday.
“Promotions and career opportunities are crucial to police,” he told the meeting.
“These reforms, recommendations were not ones that came from government, they came from a highly respected figure.”
But the minister couldn’t say when an allocation model would be introduced instead telling the crowd they were close to making enhancements on the death and disability scheme as well as new technology to allow police to work on the street.