Where would we be with­out our Childers VIPs?

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

WHEN po­lice need a hand, all it takes is one phone call and Vol­un­teer in Polic­ing’s Barry Cochrane, Donna Dun­can and Shirley Oak­man are on the Childers Po­lice Sta­tion’s doorstep.

Childers Po­lice Sergeant Ge­off Fay said the three VIPs were in­valu­able to the po­lice ser­vice and com­ple­mented the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the of­fi­cers.

“It’s just a mat­ter of a phone call and the next thing they’re on my door say­ing what can we do,” Sgt Fay said.

Sgt Fay said the VIPs helped to re­lieve pres­sure on po­lice at the sta­tion by do­ing what­ever they could at the sta­tion and in court, al­low­ing of­fi­cers to get on with their job.

“Ob­vi­ously we can’t do ev­ery­thing we need to do with the re­sources we’ve got, and they fill in,” he said.

“They just want to help the com­mu­nity and do their bit.”

Dur­ing the re­cent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ab­duc­tion of a Childers tod­dler, the three VIPs were on hand to help, work­ing around the clock to do any­thing from man­ning phones to food prepa­ra­tions over the tense few days when she was miss­ing.

The VIPs are ex­tremely mod­est about the role they play. much pain to cope with over the years, but we did it with dig­nity and thank God this lit­tle girl is home,” she said.

Mrs Oak­man said her role dur­ing the search for the miss­ing tod­dler was a case of get­ting in and help­ing where she could.

“It’s sim­ply a case of there’s work to be done – I just get on with the job,” she said.

Mrs Dun­can said she was proud of the Childers com­mu­nity for pulling to­gether to help with the search for the miss­ing young­ster.

“Childers has had that

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN220414VIP1

PO­LICE HELP: Childers Po­lice Sergeant Ge­off Fay with Vol­un­teer in Polic­ing’s Barry Cochrane, Donna Dun­can and Shirley Oak­man.

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