Letter: Police spending comments

Dear sir,

I refer to Minister for Police Troy Grant’s comments in the Daily Liberal article ‘NSW police spending falls by $480m: report’ of February 13, 2018.

Mr Grant accused Labor’s candidate for Dubbo Stephen Lawrence of making “unsubstantiated claims” and said Mr Lawrence should “get his facts straight”.

The facts are that the Productivity Commission is the Federal Government’s principal review and advisory body on microeconomic policy, regulation and effectiveness of government spending.

This independent organisation has confirmed that the Berejiklian government spends less on fighting crime than any other state and has fewer police officers per person.

If Mr Grant wants to check, he will find the figures in Table 6A.1 in the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2018.

If Mr Grant does not accept the findings of the Productivity Commission, perhaps as Minister for Police and the Member for Dubbo he could listen to the Police Association, who have been calling for more frontline officers in western and regional areas for more than a year.

Mr Grant is right about one thing though, and that is our community, and our NSW police officers, deserve better.

The best way to support our police officers and safeguard the community is to ensure that our police force is adequately staffed and well-resourced.

Yours Sincerely,

Guy Zangari MP

State Member for Fairfield

Shadow Minister for Justice and Police

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