It’s all go, and ev­ery job is dif­fer­ent

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

CRIME never rests — and nei­ther do our lo­cal cops.

Af­ter a quick cup of cof­fee it’s straight to the po­lice car to pa­trol the streets. And it’s not long be­fore the first job comes in over the ra­dio.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Shane Roberts and Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Brenda Wal­lis are called to a fam­ily dis­pute at a Lyn­ton Cres­cent res­i­dence. Some­one had re­ported loud scream­ing. There’s pos­si­bly a baby present.

On the way to the job, Lead­ing Snr Con­sta­ble Wal­lis finds out as much in­for­ma­tion as she can. Just as she sus­pected, it’s a woman she knows who has suf­fered from post-natal de­pres­sion in the past.

They drop by for a quick chat with the woman and her hus­band, leav­ing once they es­tab­lished no one was at risk.

Driv­ing down Al­lan St, they come across some­one a lit­tle too into the fes­tive spirit. The front bumper of a res­i­dent’s Ford Fo­cus was piled with tin­sel and a Santa head, ob­scur­ing her li­cence plate. Snr Con­sta­ble Roberts kindly warned her to re­move the Christ­mas para­pher­na­lia.

Next it is on to an­other res­i­dence to in­vite a lo­cal male listed to go be­fore the court down to the po­lice sta­tion. Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates’ Court had put out a civil war­rant for the man, who owed about $2000 in out­stand­ing rates.

With over­grown lawns and an over­flow­ing mailbox, po­lice ex­am­ined the out­side of the house for any­thing sus­pi­cious. Even­tu­ally ques­tion­ing neigh­bours, Lead­ing Snr Con­sta­ble Wal­lis and Snr Con­sta­ble Roberts dis­cov­ered the man still lived there, but came and went. They’ll come back later.

Af­ter stop­ping by an­other res­i­dence to chat to a lo­cal with an un­paid $22,000 ve­hi­cle lease (he wasn’t home), Lead­ing Snr Con­sta­ble Wal­lis went on the search for an­other miss­ing man. The man’s son had called the night be­fore, say­ing he couldn’t con­tact his fa­ther.

Af­ter check­ing the el­derly man’s for­mer ad­dress as well as hos­pi­tals and nurs­ing homes, Lead­ing Snr Con­sta­ble Wal­lis had a fi­nal idea — the real es­tate agents. Sure enough, a lo­cal agency told her where the man had moved to.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Shane Roberts.

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