The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police:
arrested 20 drivers for DUI
arrested 16 drivers with illegal drugs in their system
laid 20 criminal charges
issued 22 charges for serious traffic offences
issued 437 traffic infringement notices.
A lot of people still ask me about getting 24/7 general duties operations at Morisset. We have never given up on that fight and I recently had further meetings with the Premier and senior police to promote our cause.
It's important to remember that governments and politicians don't allocate police numbers - that job's done by the Police Commissioner - but the response I'm getting is positive and I remain hopeful that we'll get the additional police needed to staff a 24/7 station at Morisset down the track.
It's also important to remember that modern policing is different to what it used to be and every police car is effectively a mobile police station.
The officers we have do a very good job in very difficult circumstances, and I thank Superintendent Danny Sullivan for that, along with everyone at Lake Macquarie Police District
. Keep up the great work!