New police welcome
Justice group gives advice for tackling Cherbourg crime
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.”