DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE APPOINTMENT
My question without notice is to the Minister for Police. How has the Government moved to fill the vacancy of the Deputy Commissioner of Police?
I commend the honourable member for Mulgoa for her interest in policing. I look forward to working with her in the development of policing facilities in her new electorate. Today is an important day for the people of New South Wales and for the Police Service with the announcement of the appointment of Ken Moroney as the new Deputy Commissioner of Police. That is an important announcement, because the leadership of the Police Service drives the reform agenda and policing programs to make a better service and a safer community.
Today I have announced that the leadership team is about to have the city-east region commander, Ken Moroney, on its board as the new Deputy Commissioner of Police. The Government has recommended to the Governor that the appointment become effective next week. Commander Moroney will be in charge of specialist operations. An independent panel unanimously chose Commander Moroney for this key job. The Police Service is entering into its second phase of reform and restructure as a result of a massive injection of funds for new technology to improve our push for intelligence-based, smart policing. We are also continuing our push for a national approach to tackle crime. We want to improve cross-agency co-operation to hit cross-border criminals.
Order! I call the honourable member for Ku-ring-gai to order for the third time.
This is the fifth year that I have been the Minister for Police and the fifth year that the police budget in this State and police numbers at the front line have been at record levels. Opposition members do not have to believe me.
As the Minister for Education and Training said, they should, because I am the police Minister. If honourable members do not believe me, they should listen to what the shadow minister for police said last year. Regarding the police budget the honourable member for Epping said, " . . . although it was a record high". The shadow minister for police endorsed the Government, but for some reason there is now nothing but stony silence.
Point of clarification: This year Mr Moroney’s budget has been cut by $15 million.
Order! Those remarks are not in order. The honourable member for Epping will resume his seat.
The Government has the toughest anti-gun legislation and the toughest anti-knife laws in Australia. It is important that a national approach be adopted on these issues and on a raft of other policing matters. Ken Moroney will play an important role in the push for better interstate co-operation and implementation of new technology. Commander Moroney has been a police officer since 1965. He has been responsible for policing in city central, Kings Cross, Redfern, Surry Hills, the eastern beaches and a range of other areas. He has held command positions in country locations as well as at the Goulburn Police Academy and police headquarters.
Next week Commander Moroney will become Deputy Commissioner Moroney and I welcome him. He is an excellent choice. He is coming into the leadership at an important time for policing, but the Police Service, as I indicated earlier, is well-funded by the Government to face the challenges of the future. This week’s budget announced the fifth record allocation of funding for police, and delivered the fifth record number of front-line police. It also announced massive increases in capital works and a massive injection of funds into new technology. The structure is there for an efficient, honest and effective Police Service, and I welcome Ken Moroney as a key part of the leadership team.