Coffs Harbour Police Station. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate.
Coffs Harbour Police Station. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate. TREVOR VEALE/ The

Police numbers near full strength

THE NSW Police Force was boosted last week with more than 400 recruits stationed throughout the state - but only one is heading to the Tweed/Byron Area Command.

The 437 recruits from Goulburn's police academy graduated and began work at police stations almost a fortnight ago.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest confirmed that the area command had received one recruit, with most being stationed in Sydney commands.

"We are still running about 90% operational strength," Mr Provest said.

"We had 24 recruits about nine to 12 months ago and that makes 25 for the year, which is pretty good.

He said the government was continuing to review operations.

"The men and woman on the thin blue line in the Tweed are doing a great job and crime has reduced by almost half."

Mr Provest said it was a "real credit to their efforts". He said a contributing factor to the operational strength was a fall in sick leave.

"There are 10-12 officers on long-term sick leave at the moment," he said. "That's down from about 27."

Tweed Police were unavailable to comment on police numbers.

According to figures from NSW Police, the Tweed/Byron area command has authorised strength of 154 with operational numbers at 149.5.

The 97% operational strength is the average for the Northern Region.