Where would we be without our Childers VIPs?
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
POLICE HELP: Childers Police Sergeant Geoff Fay with Volunteer in Policing’s Barry Cochrane, Donna Duncan and Shirley Oakman.