The Deniliquin Police Station will continue to be ‘‘fully utilised as a modern, state of the art facility that will ensure your police have the resources they need to service their community’’, according to Deniliquin Police Commander Supt Paul Condon.
In a statement released following the Local Area Command mergers last week, Supt Condon assured community members that any ‘‘minor’’ changes to senior staff in Deniliquin would result in more frontline police.
The majority of the existing Deniliquin LAC will be merged with Albury to form the new Murray River Police District.
Euston and Balranald have been moved into a new Barrier Police District, while Hay will be merged with Griffith to form the Murrumbidgee Police District.
The changes were announced Thursday last week and have been described by the NSW Police Force as a ‘‘re-engineering’’.
‘‘This new and exciting direction for regional New South Wales has also included the introduction of an Officer in Charge policing model, where every police station will have an officer in charge who is the first port of call for the local community,’’ Supt Condon said.
‘‘It is about police being part of their community and working with the local community, as well as the community knowing their local police.
‘‘While there will be some minor changes in the senior management structure of the commands, there will be no change in the number of frontline police or the services we provide our community, and that we utilise to address local crime issues.
‘‘These new districts have been designed to improve our capability to service regional New South Wales.
‘‘The Deputy Commissioner has also announced the formation of additional specialist police for regional New South Wales. These include Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams and Regional Enforcement Squads, which will address mid-level crime.
‘‘In the coming months, a new set of rural crime initiatives will be announced to specifically deal with rural crime within your communities.’’
A NSW Police Force spokesperson, responding to questions sent to Assistant Commissioner Gary Worboys last week, confirmed Deniliquin’s station would be manned under the Officer in Charge model.
The spokesperson said the commander of the new police district would be ‘‘selected by agreement and there will be a merit selection for the Officers in Charge and inspectors to ensure we get the best people for the job’’.
‘‘While the final numbers at Deniliquin are still being determined, there will be no frontline positions lost,’’ the spokesperson said.
‘‘At this stage we expect Deniliquin will have an Officer in Charge and a district inspector, plus administrative and operational support for those police such as domestic violence, rural crime, youth and licensing.
‘‘There will likely be more police on the frontline as we flatten the management structure.
‘‘The new structure will be realised early in 2018 and we will be working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible.
‘‘We expect there to be an enhanced focus on local issues and engaging with community groups, local government and business.
‘‘The new police district model will allow us greater flexibility and more scope for strategic policing, while also ensuring a focus on local policing.’’
Supt Condon said the district commanders would assist in appointing the Officers in Charge of each station within their district.
‘‘There will be further information and consultation with local communities by the current commanders, new district commanders and other senior police over the next few months,’’ Supt Condon said.
‘‘This will be your opportunity to speak to the police commanders directly and have any concerns addressed.
‘‘This is a positive change for regional New South Wales and how your police officers serve and assist their communities.’’