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Tuggerah Lakes Superintendent Debates Mehan's Police Claims

Says they've been promised more.

Tuggerah Lakes Superintendent Debates Mehan's Police Claims Mr Mehan with Police Association rep Tony King. Photo supplied

The Entrance MP David Mehan has renewed his calls for more police officers on the Central Coast.

But his claims are being debated by one of the top police officers on the Central Coast.

Yesterday, Mr Mehan met with Tony King, President of the Police Association of New South Wales at The Entrance police station and publicly declared his support for their petition calling for extra Police on our streets.

The PANSW wants 2500 more officers statewide, three of them in the Tuggerah Lakes area and five in Brisbane Water.

Mr Mehan has regularly pointed to figures showing there's been a drop in the number of police officers on the Coast since 2011.

Above: Figures supplied by Mr Mehan's office.

However, Tuggerah Lakes Superintendent Gralton says the police commissioner allocated 14 extra positions to the District late last year.

"It is certainly a godsend for us to have those additional resources because we are a very busy command: Our workload-per-officer is very high," Superintendent Gralton says.

Above: Superintendent Gralton with Dobell MP Emma McBride.

"I spoke to David recently about this: We haven't had a net loss of resources. What's happened is when the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Police Transport Command became centrally co-ordinated, the appearance of the numbers came off the books of the police district."

In related news, Superintendent Gralton's promised a stronger police presence in Gwandalan and Summerland Point in response to community concerns about break and enters and dangerous driving in the area in recent months.