NSW Labor has announced $17 million for much needed upgrades on the Singleton Police Station to improve safety for officers and the community.
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay visited the police station today with the NSW Labor candidate for the Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton and the Shadow Minister for Police Lynda Voltz.
Ms McKay said: “Locals have been calling for upgrades to this tired facility for years. It needs amenities to alleviate overcrowding and allow for modern policing.”
“There are currently 16 female police officers sharing one toilet. This is not acceptable.
“The Government is asking local officers to do 21st century policing in a 19th century building.”
Mr Drayton said:
If this was a police station on Sydney’s North Shore it would have been fixed by now. Our region pumps billions into the NSW economy and in return we get police stations without proper toilets.
“I’m going to fight for our share and that means $17 million for Singleton Police Station.”
Ms Voltz said: “The current building presents problems with prisoner handling, workplace health and safety, the safety of people in custody and community members visiting.
“The Singleton area is growing and the Government must invest in the future by building either a purpose-built facility or an acceptable upgrade at the existing site.”