The NSW police force will get a $220 million funding boost in the upcoming state budget, including money for new officers and police stations.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Tuesday announced her government will allocate $3.9 billion in 2018/19, following calls from the police union for extra recruits.
"(It will be) the biggest budget for police in NSW history," she told a police union conference in Wollongong.
She said the police force played an integral role in keeping communities safe and "this record investment will enable its officers to put even more criminals behind bars".
The government is promising 100 new officers this year, as well as $118 million to build six new police stations across the state and money to upgrade others.
But it falls well short of the Police Association of NSW's call for 500 new recruits by the end of 2018, and 2500 over five years.
The police union, in its budget submission, said extra officers were needed to help combat terrorism, child abusers and fill empty station positions.
The report notes NSW's population has increased 14 per cent in a decade, but the number of police has only risen eight per cent.
NSW has about 200 police officers per 100,000 people, according to the union. The only state with a lower ratio is the ACT, where the Australian Federal Police is responsible for providing services.
NSW also spends the least amount of money of all the states and territories, the union says, claiming officers are "stretched and overworked".
"This is occurring at a time when the government is patting itself on the back for a 'soaring budget', with large surpluses and record investment on infrastructure projects," PANSW president Scott Weber said in the submission.
Labor leader Luke Foley criticised the announcement, saying six new police stations the government promised in 2015 still hadn't been delivered.
"Before making new promises Ms Berejiklian should fulfil her commitments made before the last election," he said in a statement.
Police Minister Troy Grant said the government has exceeded its target of increasing police targets to a record 16,795 officers and most key crime rates were dropping.
Australian Associated Press