NEWS Chifley Local Area Command received two new probationary constables has been welcomed by the Police Association, who two months ago voted to 'work to rule' amidst a shortage of police numbers in Bathurst.
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In March, association members met with Assistant Police Commissioner Geoff McKechnie in Dubbo calling for action following failed negations at a local area command level.
Early in march association members met with Local Area Commander Supt Michael Robinson, calling on him to immediately address the issue by increasing the number of general duty police.
However, Supt Robinson was unable to meet requests and association members then took the fight to the next level meeting with Assistant Commissioner McKechnie.
As a result it was agreed detectives, crime management police and officers from the Target Action group would be redirected into general duty policing to assist with the shortfall, until a full review of the LAC can be conducted.
While that review has yet to be completed, it was announced on Friday that the command would receive two new probationary constables from the Class 318 which graduated last week.
Police Association Bathurst branch official Peter Foran said while the association welcomes news of any additional officers, currently Chifley LAC has a large number of constables still in their probationary period, so much so that the command's probationary constable allotment is almost at saturation point.
He said what is required are more experienced police officers who can then provide adequate training to the new recruits.
"While it's great to have new officers it can become a double edged sword if you don't have enough experienced officers on the ground to train them.
"If you have too many (probationary constables) at once the workload on police becomes too great and you risk the burn out of more senior officers," he said.
"What we would like is to recruit experienced police, bolstering the base that can then train the probationaries," he said.
The two new officers begin work in the Chifley Local Area Command today.
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