More than TWO HUNDRED paedophiles at large after police lose track of child sex offenders
- Tweed-Byron Police District have lost track of over 200 registered paedophiles
- Darren McCaughney said monitoring of paedophiles was ‘stretched to capacity’
- Police Association NSW Chairperson said 1060 were registered in northern NSW
- Back in Blue & Cops in Crisis campaigns have been promoted to increase officers
Over two hundred registered paedophiles have been left to roam freely as police claim they don’t have the resources to track them.
The location of 201 registered paedophiles, from the 1060 offenders on the Child Protection Register in northern NSW, are currently unknown to Tweed-Byron Police District.
The whereabouts of 201 registered paedophiles are unknown to Tweed-Byron District police.
‘Only a fraction of those [1060 paedophiles] are monitored regularly due to the fact that we simply don’t have enough police to do the job.’
According to NSW Police data, there were 198 officers in the Tweed-Byron District in 2012. However, the last publicly released figures showed Tweed police numbers had dropped to 165 in September 2017.
Two campaigns have been promoted to increase the number of police in NSW and protect children from paedophiles.
Cops in Crisis campaign was started by members of the Tweed-Byron Police force to boost the number of officers.
Back the Blue campaign is seeking 2500 extra police to the NSW police force to keep the community safe.
Cops in Crisis is another campaign started by members of the Tweed-Byron Police calling for an urgent boost of police officers.
The NSW Government passed tougher legislation earlier this year to crack down on sexual offences and protect children from abuse.
Tweed-Byron District police numbers had dropped from 198 officers in 2012, to 165 officers in September 2017.