All current police services at Penrith and St Marys would remain following the consolidation of the two commands, NSWPF Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy has confirmed.
In a statement released this afternoon (Wednesday), Deputy Commissioner Loy confirmed the consolidation of the two commands, saying he had “undertaken extensive consultation looking at crime trends, population density and expected growth, as well as the unique needs of each community to develop a new structure that will take [NSW Police] into the future”.
The consolidation would see more frontline officers in the area that were “better equipped and with a greater pool of resources to proactively disrupt and prevent crime”, he said.
"Penrith and St Marys areas are both well serviced and will continue to be, acknowledging they are growth hubs with a strong work sector, public transport and education and health precincts,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.
"The two commands already share duty officers and all current services will remain.
"There will be a streamlining of management teams to put more boots on the frontline.
“The consolidated command will have improved flexibility to deploy police to where they are needed and have a greater capacity to improve police response times.”
Londonderry MP Prue Car and Opposition Police Spokesman Guy Zangari raised concerns about the plans recently, calling on the state government to “come clean” about what the re-engineering process would mean for local police numbers.
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Police Minister Troy Grant responded saying the process was “in no way about cutting officer numbers”, and it was “entirely false” to suggest police services would be cut in any way.
Ms Car today stated she stood with officers who were concerned about the process.
“I stand with my local police who are deeply concerned about the about the merger of Penrith and St Marys Police Local Area Commands,” she said in a statement.
“Western Sydney is a growing region with a booming population and we deserve local police stations to be open and protecting our community.
“The Liberals must guarantee that that these forced mergers will not result in job losses, longer wait times, compromised service delivery or jeopardise the safety of our community.”
Deputy Commissioner Loy said the NSW Police Force would be future-proofed by consolidating some commands across the Sydney Metropolitan Region.
"Officers in Penrith and St Marys have strong ties with the local community and those relationships will continue under the consolidated command,” he said.
"This restructure will ensure better policing practices and better service to the community.”