New Cops on The Beat To Keep The Beaches Safe

Member for Manly James Griffin welcomed 6 new NSW Police constables to the Northern Beaches Police Area Command (PAC) after the first police graduation ceremony of 2021.

Mr Griffin said he was proud to welcome the new officers and their presence again demonstrates the NSW Governments commitment to keeping Manly and the Beaches safe.

In February, Northern Beaches Council reaffirmed its need for increased police patrols at the East Esplanade in Manly, and following last month’s Council meeting agreed to begin forming strategies to address antisocial issues.

Mr Griffin said that Council working with residents, stakeholders and police to resolve the issue on the East Esplanade was an important step. In the meantime the NSW Government will continue to do what is required by providing Council with police and resources to help manage this area.

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome and thank the new officers joining our local area,” Mr Griffin said.

“Our new police officers have chosen a valuable career of service and will be well prepared for the ongoing needs of our community.”

The new police officers have completed eight months of foundational training and reported to their new stations on Monday.

Minister for Police David Elliott congratulated the incoming officers and welcomed the return to a full ceremony after last year’s events were disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions.

“Over the course of last year, we have seen first-hand the crucial role our police officers play in protecting the community and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts,” Mr Elliott said.

“These officers will join a NSW Police Force that has been strengthened by investment from the NSW Government, including the delivery of 1500 additional officers over four years and the commitment to a $60 million upgrade to Goulburn Police Academy.”

Northern Beaches PAC announced in Mid-February they would be focusing on Offensive Conduct including public urination that had become an increasing issue in the East Esplanade and attracted a $500 fine.