Duty MLC, Catherine Cusack said Port Stephens will soon have more police on the ground patrolling the local community thanks to the Berejiklian Government’s investment in 100 high visibility specialist officers.

Liberal Candidate for Port Stephens, Jaimie Abbott welcomed the announcement and said a more visible police presence would help deter would-be crooks.

“I’m thrilled with this latest boost in police for Port Stephens. We know that seeing more boots on the beat will help crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour,” Ms Abbott said.

“The presence of more men and women in blue will make criminals think twice before breaking the law. With more eyes on them, there’s more chance of being caught and charged by police.

“Having extra officers on hand also supports business owners and locals alike in feeling more safe and secure across the community and being confident to raise any concerns.”

Ms Abbott said the NSW Northern Region, which includes Port Stephens, will get a share of 60 high visibility officers. Port Stephens-Hunter District, will also receive a dedicated Elder Abuse Prevention officer and a Child Protection officer.

“This latest round of extra officers is all thanks to a record $583 million investment by the Berejiklian Government to deliver 1,500 extra police officers over the next four years,” said Ms Abbott.

“These new high visibility police are just one small part of the plan. This is the single biggest increase to the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years – it’s an incredible step forward in policing, and a huge win for the community.

Ms Abbott said the high visibility police officers will be trained in intelligence gathering so they can proactively identify emerging crime trends and tackle them head-on.

“Along with providing high visibility foot patrols, the new officers will also be deployed to major events and busy areas to keep our community safe,” Ms Abbott said.

A further 91 officers will be deployed to Region Enforcement Squads and Raptor Units to fight serious and organised crime.