The NSW Police Force have officially established the South Sydney Police Area Command today (Sunday 28 July 2019), as part of their realignment of resources in the Redfern and Botany Bay areas.
The purpose of the realignment is to redistribute police resources to better address the changing crime trends, infrastructure development, population growth and the service needs of those communities.
This will see Botany Bay Police Area Command’s geographic area and resources divided between the newly established South Sydney Police Area Command and Eastern Beaches Police Area Command.
The South Sydney Police Area Command will incorporate the suburbs of Botany, Eastlakes Mascot, and the domestic and international airport localities, along with the area previously covered by Redfern Police Area Command.
The suburbs of Banksmeadow, Daceyville, Eastgardens, Pagewood and Port Botany will now fall under Eastern Beaches Police Area Command.
Superintendent Andrew Holland, who has been appointed commander of South Sydney Police Area Command, said the realignment will see an increased police presence in the area and improved response times.
“These changes will strengthen our commitment to the local community and allow police to better serve the South Sydney area”, Superintendent Holland said.
Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Willing, said the formation of the new command will allow for greater flexibility and more scope for strategic policing; there will be a greater pool of resources to target, disrupt and prevent crime.
“This is an opportunity to improve policing in NSW and ensure we have more police on the frontline where we need them to better serve the community”, Assistant Commissioner Willing said.