A tougher line on ru­ral crime

. . . and new po­lice to boot

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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