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Friday, April 05, 2013

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the announcement honouring an election commitment for an additional 25 Mobile Police Command Vehicles to be deployed throughout the state.


"I'm pleased to report that one of the Mobile Command Vehicles is headed to Lachlan Local Area Command in the Dubbo electorate. Lachlan LAC covers the towns of Forbes, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore," said Mr Grant


Mobile Command Vehicles provide a high visibility Police presence in crime hotspots or high-traffic areas and assist Police while they are on the streets. 


 “This latest announcement comes on the back new police powers which the O'Farrell / Stoner Government has introduced to ensure that Police are suitably equipped to target anti-social behaviour and tackle crime wherever it occurs.


“Mobile Command Vehicles supplement existing Police stations, allowing Police officers to work out of a mobile station where ever they are needed," said Mr Grant


“Each command vehicle is equipped with location specific radio with a mobile data terminal to access Police databases, a television monitor, digital message boards and an interview room.


 “The Liberal / National Government has increased police numbers by 300 officers and remains committed to high visibility policing.


 “The commitment will see the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force reach a record of 16,665 offices in August 2015.”


“The NSW Government will continue to ensure the best possible resourcing for the NSW Police Force to support it in the vital task of keeping the community safe.


The NSW Police Force has commenced the rollout of the new vehicles is scheduled to be completed by July 2013.


Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant moved an urgency motion in NSW Parliament today in support of the Government's commitment to toughen 'right to silence' laws.

The motion comes on the back of an announcement by the Premier to amend the Evidence Act.

The measures to be introduced will enable juries to draw adverse inferences against an alleged criminal who refuses to speak to investigating police.

"Often in these cases evidence is produced at trial by the alleged criminal in a last minute bid not to be found guilty of the offence," said Mr Grant.

"The Government believes that juries are clever enough to identify suspicious evidence which is suddenly produced at trial designed to assist the accused avoid conviction."

"The measures include changing the wording of the traditional caution given by police to reflect the words used by arresting officers in Britain and Wales that apply to serious indictable offences."

Mr Grant said regular viewers of the popular British police program 'The Bill' would be familiar with the refrain:

“You are not obliged to say or do anything unless you wish to do so. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court. Anything you do say and do may be given in evidence. Do you understand?”

A draft bill would be finalised by the end of August with legislation to be introduced into Parliament in October.


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A new era of policing in the region commenced today, with the ceremonial turning of the first sod at the site of Parkes multimillion dollar new police station, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant joined the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mike Gallacher to mark the special milestone in Parkes.

"I was delighted that the Police Minister kindly accepted the invitation to turn the first sod, demonstrating Mike Gallacher's commitment to improving regional policing infrastructure and resources," said Mr Grant.

"As a former officer I know how much better the police will be able to serve the local community's policing needs out of a contemporary work place."

The NSW Government allocated over $5 million in the 2012-2013 budget towards the completion of this $14 million project.

Mr Grant said Parkes should be proud of its long and rich history of police representation.

"Generations of police officers have cut their teeth working out of the historic police station in Currajong Street," said Mr Grant said.

"What might have been a suitable building for housing police operations from 1883 is no longer the case; what is now required is a purpose built state of the art facility to take policing into the future."

In 1883 a brick police lock-up was built in Currajong Street and a police residence was built at the corner of Court and Hill streets. Parkes became Western Area Police Headquarters in 1936 with the officer-in-charge controlling from Blackheath to Broken Hill. Today, Parkes is headquarters of the Lachlan Local Area Command.

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