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Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis with president of the Police Association NSW and former Grafton police detective Tony King.

Nine new cops to keep the Clarence And Richmond Valleys safer

The NSW Police Districts of Coffs/Clarence and Richmond, which cover the Clarence and Richmond Valley local government areas, have been allocated an extra nine new officers, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announced on Tuesday.

“This is another instalment of the historic 1500 increase to the NSW Police Force numbers which I helped negotiate between the NSW Government and Police Association of NSW boss Tony King, who is a former Grafton police detective,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Although we did not know it at the time, police on the beat are now performing a critical role in enforcing social distancing and gathering rules which are preventing countless deaths from the coronavirus.

“So extra local officers are among the few arrivals we warmly welcome to the Clarence and Richmond Valleys in these challenging times.
“I thank them along with medical and other frontline workers who are doing such a terrific job in this unprecedented crisis.”

The five extra officers for the Coffs/Clarence Police District include an aged crime prevention office and a child protection register officer.  Of the four in the Richmond, one is a child protection register officer.