Sydney (Tribune International, Lynda Voltz Office Release, 3 Sep 2020): Labor is calling on Police Minister David Elliott to make sure Police Area Commands and Police Districts are not left short staffed in the wake of the recent outbreak of gun violence.
NSW Police resources are under pressure with officers leaving Police Commands to staff border patrols and quarantine arrangements.
Police have been doing a phenomenal job during the Covid 19 crisis and as part of Operation Talon cracking down on gun violence.
But after another shooting in Sefton, following a string of payback gun violence across the Sydney metropolitan area, police are under a great deal of pressure and need boots on the ground.
Shadow Minister for Police Lynda Voltz said: “Many police areas are losing between 10 – 15 police officers a week to support the Covid 19 operation.
“It is time for the Minister for Police to come clean on what extra resources he has put in to ensure that regions, particularly in South West Sydney, are not being left short staffed.
“At the heart of this violence is the prevalence of illegal guns across the Sydney Metropolitan region and it is time for David Elliott to start taking gun crime seriously.
“Every gun on the streets is a risk to the whole community and particularly to the police dealing with these violent criminals.
“David Elliott must start explaining how these guns are getting on to the streets and how he is ensuring there are feet on the ground dealing with both the Covid 19 crisis and the outbreak of gun violence.”