A tougher line on rural crime
. . . and new police to boot
Deniliquin Police will take a harder line on rural crime in the Murray River Police District, with two new rural crime investigators now based at Deniliquin.
Detective Senior Constable Tim Simmons and Constable Michael McLeish join the Deniliquin-based team from Albury.
Both said they jumped at the chance to fill the two vacancies when they became available, saying their aim to to forge a stronger focus on rural crime in the district.
Their area of coverage stretches from Savernake to Kyalite and Hay, and then down to the Victorian border.
Det Sen Const Simmons said they will be working closely with all stakeholders in the included rural communities in an effort to reduce crime.
‘‘We deal with basically anything that is rural related — any crimes that have an affect on the rural industry — so anything from theft of machinery and stock from farms and fuel,’’ Det Sen Const Simmons said.
‘‘‘We check the saleyards, the movement of stock working with Local Land Services and National Livestock Identification Scheme, stock movements, and any drovers.
‘‘We just make sure they are complying with everything they need to comply with.’’
Now in their third week based at Deniliquin, Const McLeish said they are still working to determine the main target areas in the Deniliquin district.
But he urged locals to come forward with any information or concerns they may have.
‘‘We’re certainly encouraging people to report. The biggest issue we find is nonreporting of crimes from rural areas and that’s what will help us in the end,’’ Const McLeish said.
The Deniliquin posting is the rural in the rural crimes division for both officers.
Before coming to Deniliquin Det Sen Const Simmons worked in general criminal investigations, and Const McLeish was a general duties officer within the detectives unit.
‘‘I originally grew up on the land, coming off a dairy farm, so I’ve always had that general interest in (rural crime investigation),’’ Cont McLeish said.
Detective Senior Constable Tim Simmons and Constable Michael McLeish join the Deniliquin Police team as rural crime investigators.