Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell is sworn in as parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Police.
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell is sworn in as parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Police.

Police Minister's right-hand man

IT HAS been 38 days since the coalition's landslide victory in the NSW election and on Tuesday Steve Cansdell received the news he had been waiting for.

Just after 2pm he received confirmation he would be parliamentary secretary to Police Minister Michael Gallacher.

The Member for Clarence said the appointment, which came with a media embargo until he was sworn in yesterday, would see the focus on regional law and order strengthened. He said the position would see him working with Mr Gallacher to improve working conditions, resources and the number of police on leave.

“AS a former police officer himself, Mr Gallacher is a popular choice as Police Minister and I'm looking forward to working with him to improve the morale and effectiveness of the NSW Police Force, particularly in regional areas like ours,” Mr Cansdell said.

“Part of my job is to be Mike's eyes and ears outside Sydney and I encourage locals to give me their ideas on how we can make regional areas safer for families.”

Mr Cansdell said the coalition had already started work on overhauling the current situation of the police service.

“Mr Gallacher has organised an audit of every police station to see where police are needed, and we will be putting together a police resource allocation model,” he said

Mr Cansdell said he was confident the resource allocation model would address police numbers in commands like the Coffs Clarence, which is currently 45 officers short.

“We will get the police out there where they are needed, not just whack them in Sydney,” he said.

“Allocation will be done in a proper fashion and we hope to get a very responsible allocation model in place.”

His North Coast National's colleagues Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Ballina Don Page were also rewarded for their hard work and loyalty to the party.

Mr Page was appointed Minister for the North Coast and Local Government and Mr George was named deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly.