NSW police to have country, city deputies

Jamie McKinnell
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NSW police to have country, city deputies

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will send one of his top men out west in a restructure to help tackle ice in country regions and reform a "one size fits all" policing model.

Assistant commissioner Gary Worboys was on Thursday announced as the state's first-ever deputy commissioner for regional field operations and will take up the post in Dubbo at the end of May.

His colleague Jeff Loy will become deputy commissioner for metropolitan field operations and work from Sydney.

Mr Fuller said the regional role reinforced his passion for returning the focus to the community.

"Today is really the start of not just the re-engineering process, but time for me to build a new team to take the NSW police force executive forward through what will be an exciting change," he told reporters in Sydney.

That "re-engineering", first flagged when Mr Fuller was named as Andrew Scipione's replacement in March, partly aims to allow more officers on the beat.

Mr Worboys said the ice scourge in regional areas would be among his challenges and declared he wouldn't be easing up on those who peddle the drug.

"There's a great deal to be done in terms of the education,' he said.

"Moving into schools, having a look at those sorts of programs, and making our young people very much aware of what they're getting involved in."

He described a "generational shift", with some people embracing technology but others requiring officers on their doorstep, and said his priority was to listen to residents in the regions.

Police Minister Troy Grant, a former regional officer, said bush officers did a great job but worked within the same framework as their Sydney counterparts.

"This is an opportunity to change the one-size-fits-all model," he said.

Mr Loy said members of the newly created "fixated persons unit" - designed to detect potential lone-wolf terrorists - were tackling one of the major metropolitan issues.

"That is such an important part - to look at the threat of terrorism around the city," he said.

He promised to bring "strong, focused leadership" to the post.

Mr Loy and Mr Worboys will join Cath Burn and Dave Hudson as deputies in the restructure of the top brass.

Mr Fuller said the appointments also allowed the organisation to "put rumours to bed from the past".

"We can really go forward in putting the community first," he said.

A corporate services position, yet to be filled, will bring the total number of deputies to five.