A police union head has warned that Queanbeyan police has a staffing crisis, with the number of general duties police officers down by as much as 50 per cent over recent months.
The Police Association of NSW is calling for three new sergeants and 21 new constables to be allocated to the border-town station.
"The stress levels and burnout created by the under-resourcing at Monaro is making things very difficult for our members," the union's southern region organiser, Ben Buffett, said.
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Queanbeyan is part of NSW Police's Monaro Local Area Command, which stretches as far south as Cooma and Jindabyne, and east to Braidwood.
Mr Buffett, who launches a campaign on Thursday, said extra police officers were needed now so police could do their jobs.
He said numerous officers were on sick leave or working in restricted duties because of workplace injuries, including physical and psychological.
"At its very worst, in recent months, the operational strength in general duties has declined to approximately 50 per cent in general duties at Queanbeyan," he said.
The union has also warned Queanbeyan's proximity to Canberra and the ACT border meant cross-border issues required extra time and resources from officers.
Police from the Queanbeyan branch will meet on Thursday at 9.30am to discuss the staff shortages.
The union will launch a campaign outside the Queanbeyan police station at 11am calling for more staff and urging members of the public to contact local political candidates.
"Our police reside in that community and they want to provide the best services they can and they have strong community ties," Mr Buffett said.
"They want the community to help them get more numbers.
"Even if those officers were available we still need additional resources to provide a better service to the community."
Fairfax Media previously learned about 22 of the 76 general duty officers in the Monaro command have been unable to work due to a string of illnesses, retirements and suspensions.
At the time a police spokeswoman said the numbers did not reflect any culture issues at the command.
Earlier this month, the NSW opposition leader Luke Foley said the lack of numbers were a concern.
"Regional communities need more police and I do think those figures that we see in the Monaro area are a wake up call that the government needs to invest in higher police numbers in NSW," Mr Foley said.
NSW Police figures indicate the Monaro command gained two new recruits on Monday.
NSW Police were contacted for comment.