NSW’s Murray River region has received a significant safety boost with the new multi-million dollar Deniliquin Police Station officially opening today, announced the Minister for Police Troy Grant. Mr Grant joined the Member for Murray Austin Evans and Acting Police Commissioner Jeff Loy to meet local officers and tour the $18 million police station based in the heart of Deniliquin.

“Community safety is my number one priority and that means ensuring our men and women in blue have every resource possible to help them do their jobs,” said Mr Grant. “This new state-of-the-art police station can now accommodate 80 police personnel including general duties officers, Highway and Traffic Patrol, and the Anti-Theft and Crime Management Units.

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“Audio visual link technology has also been installed allowing offenders to participate in bail applications, sentence hearings and other short court appearances without leaving the police station.” Mr Grant said he was highly impressed by the modern and inviting police station, which has a vastly improved customer service interface, specialist training and operational facilities, and formal meeting rooms.

“Police put their lives on the line day-in and day-out, selflessly responding to violent incidents and robberies, attending to motor vehicle crashes and supporting victims of crime,” Mr Grant said.“I’m thrilled to be here today in support of the recently formed Murray River Police District and to officially open this $18 million policing facility.”

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Member for Murray River Austin Evans said he was proud to be part of a government that is investing in regional and rural communities and, most importantly, investing in their safety. “Once again the latest crime report shows that all 17 major crime categories in the Murray River local government area remained stable or fell in the 24 months to March 2018. “Without doubt, this is due to the exceptional work of our local police officers and the new police station will further boost their crime fighting capability.”

Acting Commissioner Loy said the crime fighting capabilities available to the Murray River Police District are now some of the best in the state. “The new station means our police are housed in a state-of-the-art facility with access to cutting edge resources to respond to, target, disrupt and prevent crime in the local community,” Acting Commissioner Loy said.