Nine additional police officers will join the South Coast Police District over the next 12 months, following a funding announcement by the NSW government.
Last week the NSW government announced the single biggest investment in new police positions for the NSW Police Force in 30 years, with 450 additional police to be assigned to local stations and specialist areas over the next year.
South Coast Police District Commander Superintendent Stephen Hegarty said the announcement of nine new police will significantly increase capability across the region.
"The additional numbers will go a long way in preventing, disrupting and responding to emerging crimes," he said.
"By putting these nine additional officers into frontline roles, we will have more police out on the street tackling the issues that are facing our community."
The announcement follows a state government promise from earlier this year of a new $13million police station for Bega.
Also, in related news earlier this month Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar was named the NSW Police Southern Region Commander.
The Southern Region Command takes in a huge area from Wollongong in the north to the Victorian border in the south and includes the South Coast and Lake Illawarra along with Monaro, Murrumbidgee, Murray River, Riverina and the Hume police districts.