More cops to target NSW gangs, terror, DV

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Specialist NSW police units targeting organised crime, terrorism and domestic violence are getting additional officers as the state government chases a recruitment target.

Police Minister Paul Toole says police prosecutions will also get a boost, with an additional 35 positions created to help achieve convictions.

The minister announced 120 new positions on Monday, saying it was the biggest increase in police numbers across the state in more than 30 years.

"We're boosting every area and aspect of the NSW Police Force," he said.

The extra positions are part of 550 new officers this financial year the government needs to fulfil a 2018 commitment to hire 1500 staff over four years at a cost of $583 million.

However, opposition police spokesman Walt Secord said the number of police had actually gone backwards.

"There are fewer police officers in NSW than there were two months earlier," he said.

Answering a question on notice from June on Friday, Mr Toole said there were 17,667 police officers in NSW, six fewer than the number of sworn officers Police Commissioner Karen Webb disclosed at budget estimates in May.

Mr Secord said the latest announcement was "smoke and mirrors".

"Just because the police minister says he is going to set up new positions does not mean that there will be physical officers in those positions," he said.

Mr Toole said the new positions would lead to more proactive policing, including increased foot patrols and more officers in "high-risk areas".

"This is about giving police the resources they need to stay ahead of the game and to make sure that they keep our community safe," he said.

The extra officers would also provide more support to victims and more time to investigate crime, Mr Toole said.

Ms Webb said police capabilities would be boosted in areas it was needed the most.

"It is crucial to have resources in the right areas to prevent and respond to crime and see those matters through the court process," Ms Webb said.

The State Crime Command is getting an additional 41 officers, with 30 destined for the gang-targeting Raptor Squad and 11 for the Organised Crime Squad, amid a spate of shootings linked to criminal groups during the past two years.

Raptor received 70 more officers in October after Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik Hamze, 64, were shot dead in a parked ute on a Guildford street in Sydney's west.

The new Raptor officers will be split between Newcastle and Wollongong, which Ms Webb said were areas with a high concentration of organised crime and bikie gang networks.

Counter terrorism and special tactics will get nine positions in the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit and 10 positions for the Tactical Operations Group.

An additional 15 officers will be attached to a team targeting high-risk domestic violence offenders, such as repeat offenders and those who don't comply with apprehended violence orders.

"(Domestic violence) has been an area of concern ... that takes up a lot of our resources and our time," Ms Webb said.

Another 10 Rural Crime Investigators will probe stock and equipment thefts on farms.

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