Unions "extremely concerned" with major NSW Police local area command restructure

Restructure
Restructure

The recent NSW Police Force restructure will see the consolidation of the Hume LAC and Cootamundra LAC.

The Hume LAC (23 sectors) will cover Northern Cootamundra, including Young, and become the Hume Police District.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Deputy Commissioner Regional Field Operations Gary Worboys announced the changes led by the Police Association of NSW last week.

Thirty four LAC will be replaced by 26 police districts over the next few months. Each district will have a District Superintendent and enforce a ‘Officer-in-Charge’ model for each station. 

Under the new model officers will be in charge of a geographical areas as opposed to a station. A spokeswoman from the NSW Police said there will be no reduction of police officers and only a “small number” of administrative positions affected. 

Hundreds of officers were consulted across the state as the restructure aims to streamline ranks and have greater frontline police.

Hume LAC Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis said the details of the merge will be negotiated between the three LAC and include talks such as the exact transfer of officers.

“The local issues will be dealt with locally. For frontline police it will be business as usual. I can’t see any impact on frontline police at all, I can’t see it getting any weaker for frontline police –  I can see it getting stronger for the command, he said. 

The Public Service Association have called on the NSW Nationals to step up and offer NSW Police officers more support as the model rolls out

The Hume LAC will begin the transition in March next year.