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Police call for 2500 more officers ‘on the beat’ as shortfall comes to light

Despite an overall boost in police numbers, unions say there is a shortfall of almost 900 officers across the state.

The Police Association of New South Wales says local stations and commands are being left short as more officers are moved to specialist squads.

Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west is down 14 officers, with Cumberland and the Inner West down by 20 officers each.

NSW Police Association President Tony King tells Ray Hadley specialised units are doing a top job but more officers are needed “on the beat”.

“It shouldn’t be an either/or.

“Those squads are showing they’re needed but let’s not neglect our communities and those local stations and leave the communities vulnerable.

“It should be both.”

Mr King says an additional 2,500 personnel are needed and a petition is circulating to bring the issue to Police Minister Troy Grant’s attention.

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