Community visits police officers
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.
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.