Premier Announces Biggest Budget For Police In NSW History

The government says crime statistics fell in most crime categories in 2017.

What you need to know
  • The NSW government has announced the state police force will receive record funding in the upcoming budget
  • A total $3.9 billion will be invested in NSW Police, including funding for new recruits, policing on roads and the construction of new police stations
  • Funding will be awarded for 100 new police officers in the upcoming budget

New South Wales Police will receive a record $3.9 billion when the state budget is handed down in June, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today.

The budget will include funding for one hundred new police officers who will be deployed later this year.

It comes after the Police Association of NSW in January called for 2500 police officers over the next five years to meet target response times.

“The NSW Police Force plays an integral role in keeping communities safe and this record investment will enable its officers to put even more criminals behind bars,” Berejiklian said at the Police Association of NSW Conference in Wollongong on Tuesday.

“We are proud to make this record investment but our work doesn’t stop here – we will continue to support our police with funding and the tools they need so they can keep our communities safe."

But NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller told the conference that more recruits were needed in order to reduce crime including more visible police on the ground.

On Tuesday the government also promised $118.5 million for police precincts, vowing to construct six new police stations including at Parramatta, Hurstville and Port Macquarie, as well as the redevelopment of eight others across the state.

The budget will also dedicate millions to policing on roads and highways, Minister for Police Troy Grant said.

“After a horror start to the year on NSW roads, an additional $83 million has been allocated for policing on country roads, including doubling the mobile drug testing program with 100,000 additional tests per year,” Grant said.

$26 million over the next four years will go towards enhancing the post-sentence detention and supervision of offenders in custody or on parole who the government says "pose an unacceptably high-risk of committing a serious terrorism crime at the end of their sentence."

New security technologies will also be funded, with $12 million to be invested in facial matching services under the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability.

According to the state government, the most recent quarterly crime statistics show 16 of the 17 major crime categories were stable or falling in the 24 months to December 2017.

Berejiklian said the budget will boost the strong record of fighting crime and keeping communities safe.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said there was capacity to train more officers and said funding needed to be increased beyond next year.

The state budget will be handed down by the government on June 19.