One sergeant and four police constables have been welcomed to the new $3.5 million Tweed Heads Marine Centre.
These officers will join officers from NSW Fisheries and Roads and Maritime Services, Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has announced.
“The Nationals in Government’s record increase in police numbers – the highest in 30 years – isn’t just about keeping us safe on land, but also on our very busy Tweed River,” Mr Provest said.
“We now have the Fisheries guys ensuring local fish stocks are sustainable, the RMS guys making sure boats are safe and five new officers to police it all.”
Mr Provest said the purpose built Marine Centre had all the features you would expect including, for the police, a seized evidence room and a secure weapons room.
“This is all about delivering the fastest response to incidents on the water, whether it is compliance with fishing and other water regulations or enforcing DUI laws to keep our waterways safe for everyone,” Mr Provest said.
Commander of the Police Transport & Public Safety Command, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, said the permanent placement of dedicated officers in the Tweed Heads Marine Centre would benefit the community.
“The shared facility will deliver better intelligence sharing and joint responses to marine related issues,” Assistant Commissioner Webb said.