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More police needed to ‘future-proof’ the state

There are calls for a boost to police numbers after a report reveals NSW has fewer officers per person than any other state.

A report from the Productivity Commission shows NSW has 239 police for every 100,000 civilians compared to 279 in Victoria.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller tells Ben Fordham he wants more boots on the ground.

“[The community] want to be safe and most importantly they want to feel safe. And often feeling safe is about having a visible presence. That is one of the challenges in such a big state.

“The Premier has given me the undertaking that she will commit more police to NSW. I can start to pitch just how many police that we need to future-proof the state.”

Mr Fuller also tells Ben the man suspected of shooting and killing lawyer Ho Le Dinh at a Bankstown cafe has been arrested.

“A 38-year-old man from South-Western Sydney was arrested this morning from Sydney International airport, he was trying to board a plane to Bali.

“The good news is this individual will be charged with murder this afternoon.”

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