Daily Liberal: First sod turned for new Broken Hill Police Station

(5 Nov)

The Broken Hill community will welcome a new era of policing, after the first sod was turned for a new state-of-the-art police station.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, joined NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to mark the start of the construction of the $16 million multipurpose police station on Thursday.

Commissioner Fuller said the new station will modernise the current policing facilities in Broken Hill and support local officers to better serve the people in the Barrier Police District.

“This investment will give the police in this district the support they need to drive down crime and keep the community safe,” Commissioner Fuller said.

The previous station had been in use since the early 1900s and according to Commissioner Fuller the new station will serve as a multipurpose policing facility for the region.

“We’ve recently seen the influx of officers from across the state to conduct border operations in Barrier Police District,” he said.

“Like their metropolitan counterparts, our regional districts need to be equipped with modern policing facilities to meet contemporary policing requirements.”

Mr Elliott said the investment in policing at Broken Hill ensured that the local police district had the best facilities and resources to proactively prevent and disrupt crime.

“Our police officers are on the frontline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, protecting our community. It is our responsibility to ensure that they have the resources and support they need to get the job done,” Mr Elliott said.

He said already half of the NSW government’s $108 million commitment to the Multipurpose Police Station program were underway.

“This Government is not only delivering on its commitment for new and upgraded stations across the state, but is also providing a record $583 million investment for 1500 extra police over four years, creating new jobs at a time when the community is dealing with a global pandemic and stable jobs are most needed,” Mr Elliot said.

The new station is due to be completed by mid-2023.

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