State's top cop worries about domestic violence

IN A flying visit to Cooma the state's top police officer has expressed concern at the rising incidence of domestic violence, describing it as the most under-reported crime.

Commissioner Andrew Scipione also outlined plans to combat the Monaro's road toll, particularly during the winter ski season. Only days after doing so, a Michelago man was caught speeding on the Monaro Highway at more than 150km per hour with his two-year-old daughter in the car (see story on this page).

Commissioner Scipione said over one third of all homicides were the result of domestic violence.

"We are serious about it and urge people to come forward. It is everywhere."

In relation to the road toll Commissioner Scipione said there were about 12 fatalities on the Monaro last year.

While fatal accidents across NSW had fallen and was the lowest since before World War II, it was still something police are focusing on.

"There was still about 400 deaths on NSW roads a year," he said.

"We know that fatigue is an issue here [on the Monaro]."

"The four biggest killers on our roads are speed, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and restraints - seatbelts."

Commissioner Scipione said with the snow season approaching, extra police and highway patrol would be increased on the Monaro.

"From the June long weekend there will be more general duties police and highway patrol officers will be seconded to bolster policing in the region," Commissioner Scipione said.

"It sounds simple, but it's not, we will have the right people in the right place doing the right thing,"

He said the Jindabyne police station will become a 24 hour police station with 10 extra police seconded for 17 weeks over the winter period.

The Commissioner also referred to intelligence-based policing where police looked at crime statistics daily to see if there are unusual 'spikes' or patterns in certain types of crimes. These often indicated someone had come to the area, had just been released from prison or was on bail.

The Commissioner visited Cooma as part of a week-long tour of the southern region and had an informal meet-and-greet session and lunch with local police officers before heading to Eden and Moruya.

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