Local Children to be Better Protected Thanks to New Specialist Police Officer

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Mark Coure, Member for Oatley, announced that a new specialist child protection officer will be joining the St George Police Area Command by the end of the year, supporting the Command’s work with regard to child protection matters in the local area.
 
This new officer is one of the 250 additional police officers that are being assigned to local stations and specialist commands over the next 12 months. These additional officers, many of whom are in specialised positions, will protect communities and fight crime at a time when many officers are on the frontline in the war against the coronavirus.
 
“Keeping children safe and protected is of the utmost importance to the St George community,” Mr Coure said.
 
“This new specialist officer will allow the St George Police Area Command to better respond to child protection concerns in our community, providing a more integrated response to these complex matters.”
 
“I wish this new officer every success in their policing career and welcome them to the St George community.”
 
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said the State Government’s $583 million investment will see the NSW Police Force’s strength increase by an extra 1500 permanent police positions over four years.
 
“These extra officers are needed now more than ever, as we see police take on an even bigger role to not only fight crime, but also other threats to community safety such as bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Elliott said.
 
“Be it facing criminals, natural disasters or a pandemic, our frontline police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect the community.”
 
“They deserve the finest resources NSW has to offer and the NSW Government will stop at nothing to ensure they have whatever they need to get the job done.”
 
NSW Police Force Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said the positions had been allocated after extensive consultation with commanders and the Police Association of NSW.
 
“These officers couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mr Fuller said.
 
“These fully funded positions are being placed in the areas most in need – in police area commands and police districts as well as in specialist commands, such as the Region Enforcement Squad, Child Internet Exploitation Unit and Cybercrime Squad.”
 
“This increased capacity within our specialist commands, and in areas such as aged crime prevention and child protection, will dramatically improve our ability to respond to emerging crime threats and protect our most vulnerable community members.”
 
If you wish to report information regarding suspected illegal activity, including breaches of COVID-19 public health orders, please contact Crime Stoppers via their anonymous hotline- 1800 333 000.
 
Alternatively, you can contact the police stations within the St George Police Area Command at any time to report any concerns:
Kogarah Police Station- (02) 8566 7499
Hurstville Police Station- (02) 9375 8599
Riverwood Police Station- (02) 9584 1899