Com­mu­nity vis­its po­lice of­fi­cers

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Adam Poulsen

Last Satur­day’s Ger­ald­ton Po­lice Sta­tion open day drew a throng of peo­ple who came to see the re­cently re­fur­bished com­plex and have an ex­clu­sive look at the day-to-day work of po­lice.

With dis­plays from var­i­ous units in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gence, emer­gency man­age­ment, foren­sics and the tac­ti­cal re­sponse group, there was some­thing in­ter­est­ing for ev­ery­one.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Brad Bird said the day was an “ab­so­lute suc­cess”.

“We had a con­stant stream of peo­ple come through — they were queu­ing up to get in,” he said.

“I just re­ally want to thank the com­mu­nity for com­ing.

“I was quite blown away and I couldn’t be­lieve the smiles on the kids’ faces — they loved it.”

The event also saw the Clon­tarf Foun­da­tion — a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion aim­ing to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion, life skills and em­ploy­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties for young Abo­rig­i­nal men — host a fundrais­ing bar­be­cue which made $1100 in just four hours.

The money raised will go to­wards send­ing young mem­bers on a trip to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, where they will visit Clon­tarf acad­e­mies in Darwin, Kather­ine, Jabiru and Gun­bu­lanya.

Clon­tarf Mid­west Academy di­rec­tor Karl Pir­rot­tina said he ap­pre­ci­ated the com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity at the fundraiser.

“Some peo­ple even do­nated with­out buy­ing any­thing, which was fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“We’re re­ally grate­ful to the po­lice de­part­ment, and to Rigters IGA and Coles, who sup­ported us with sup­plies — with­out them we wouldn’t have been able to raise so much.”

Act­ing Insp. Bird said po­lice were thank­ful to have worked with the foun­da­tion.

“We re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate work­ing along­side them, and the feed­back we had from the young men work­ing the sausage siz­zle was great — they were en­gaged with the cop­pers and ask­ing a lot of ques­tions about what we do.”

Act­ing Insp. Bird said it was im­por­tant for re­gional com­plexes to host open days on a reg­u­lar ba­sis so the com­mu­nity could form closer ties with po­lice and gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how they op­er­ated.

“I re­ally en­cour­age the pub­lic to get to know your lo­cal po­lice and ask ques­tions, be­cause we’re the ones that will stop at noth­ing to help you,” he said.

He said sev­eral in­quis­i­tive young­sters had shown in­ter­est in pur­su­ing a ca­reer with the po­lice force.

“We had so many young men and women ask about the process of join­ing the po­lice, which is fan­tas­tic — and from that we’ve made a lot of good con­tacts,” he said.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Act­ing In­spec­tor Brad Bird and Sergeant Matt Power.

Young Will Hey­hoe is im­pressed with the foren­sics dis­play.

Laith and Pa­nia Ran­dall, Mitchel Pais and First Class Con­sta­ble Chris Chang.

Smil­ing young­ster Fin­lay Willson got to test out a po­lice bike.

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