TWO new police officers have boosted the ranks of local police, meaning Gunnedah police station is at fulls strength for the first time in several years.
Senior Constable Micheal Voyez and Constable Aleisha Garner have joined the Tambar Springs and Gunnedah police teams respectively.
Oxley Inspector Micheal Wurth said the addition of the two new officers is another positive step forward for local police.
“This is just one of many exciting things happening at the moment,” Inspector Wurth said.
“I think the police and the community can take a lot of confidence in these new officers, as their arrival gives us 100 per cent coverage in Gunnedah and we no longer have any police vacancies in Gunnedah.
“It’s also filled up Tambar Springs which has been vacant for about the last 18 months so the arrivals are good for us here in Gunnedah but also really great for the residents of Tambar Springs.”
The officer in charge of Gunnedah said “community engagement” will be a high priority for the two new officers.
“There will be a very big emphasis on getting out-and-about,” he said.
“A big part of particularly Tambar Springs and here in Gunnedah will be community engagement and interacting with their local community.
“There will be an expectation that the officers will go to community events such as fairs and things like that and be involved in their local communities.”
“The police here now have the encouragement and confidence because we are able to put more officers on duty particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when the hotels are open,” he said.
“It’s good for the community that we are at 100 per cent coverage of police here who will shortly be moving into a state-of-the-art police station, and also Tambar Springs can have a lot of confidence that they have got their local police officer that they can confide in and build a relationship with.
“It’s a positive right across.”