New po­lice wel­come

Jus­tice group gives ad­vice for tack­ling Cher­bourg crime

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jes­sica Mc­Grath Jes­sica.Mc­grath @south­bur­nett­

THE Baram­bah lo­cal jus­tice group looks for­ward to work­ing with the new po­lice of­fi­cers ap­pointed to tackle crime in Cher­bourg and Mur­gon.

A new act­ing in­spec­tor and new con­sta­bles were an­nounced by Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan and As­sis­tant Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Con­don af­ter they met with Baram­bah Jus­tice el­ders on Mon­day, July 9.

Group act­ing chair­woman Lil­lian Gray said Mr Con­don and Mr Ryan re­ally lis­tened when they dis­cussed is­sues in Cher­bourg’s com­mu­nity.

“We need the change and I think we’re on the right track to make that change,” she said.

The po­lice needed to build a rap­port and earn re­spect from the com­mu­nity, be­cause things were dif­fer­ent in the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, she said.

She added that wav­ing to peo­ple and smil­ing would help break down bar­ri­ers and change the res­i­dents’ views of po­lice.

“The kids are prob­a­bly be­ing told by the adults ‘don’t go telling them things’,” she said.

The youth need role mod­els and Ms Gray would like to see the Adopt a Cop pro­gram back in the Cher­bourg school.

“What hap­pened to the days when the po­lice would have a game of footy or cricket with the kids in the com­mu­nity?” she said.

The crime is­sues needed to be ap­proached re­al­is­ti­cally and the whole fam­ily unit would need to be worked with to make any progress, Ms Gray said.

“We need to make sure these kids know it’s not good be­hav­iour, even when par­ents are teach­ing them the wrong things.”

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