Local police staying home
Thursday, 24th February, 2011
By Gina Wilson
No police from Broken Hill or the Barrier Local Area Command have been called on to help in the aftermath of the earthquake in Christchurch.
Two hundred police officers will tomorrow morning leave for the southern New Zealand city, which on Tuesday was devastated by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 75 people.
The officers will join 73 state emergency specialists already there.
Broken Hill Police Sergeant Greg McMahon said while at this stage no local police would be joining the relief effort there was no telling what would happen in the future.
"At this stage no, but who's to say what will happen with prolonged disaster efforts?"
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said yesterday the officers would be used for traffic control, patrols to prevent looting and other tasks with 100 police from other parts Australia. AAP/BDT