Holroyd and Parramatta police have staff shortages

Numbers don't add up: “Our region is suffering as a result of government inaction," Granville MP Julia Finn said, pictured with opposition spokesman Guy Zangari.
Numbers don't add up: “Our region is suffering as a result of government inaction," Granville MP Julia Finn said, pictured with opposition spokesman Guy Zangari.

The state government is responsible for less police on our streets, according to Granville MP Julia Finn.

NSW Police strength and operational capacity figures reveal that in April, Holroyd Police were seven police officers under strength, down from 134 to 127. Parramatta Police were down nine officers from 151 to 142.

Holroyd numbers were at their worst last August when they were down nine officers. Parramatta felt the most strain in March this year when it was down 12 officers.

Police Minister Troy Grant claimed this week that NSW Police’s authorised strength has been boosted to 16,795 since 2015 and that 938 new positions have been delivered since 2011.

Police numbers change monthly due to new recruits, resignations and retirements. Numbers also fluctuate daily due to court appearances, training commitments, special operations and leave.

“We have a NSW government whose failure to appropriately staff and resource our LACs is putting the community’s welfare at risk,” Ms Finn said. “Local residents deserve a government that provides them with the proper police resources to keep the community safe. The state government has their priorities all wrong. They have abandoned the needs of families in Merrylands by failing to deliver resources to police the region.”

Opposition spokesman Guy Zangari added: “We have police in Merrylands doing an outstanding job but the LAC needs more police officers and resources.”