A petition has been started to draw attention to the low staffing levels at the Sawtell police station.
Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser says the station is critically understaffed and it is concerning the whole community.
At a recent education forum, Mr Fraser was approached by Kiara Greenway and Grace Hayward from Toormina High School, who asked what they could do about the problem.
Mr Fraser says the girls have taken the initiative to circulate the petition in the Sawtell/Toormina area.
“There is a high level of lawlessness in the community and these young people have recognised that,” he said.
“They’re saying ‘we want a police presence here to ensure that this lawlessness does not continue’.
“Kiara and Grace will be going door-to-door but the petition is also available to sign at my office.
“It will be presented to the Premier, the Minister and the Parliament.”