NEW Norfolk’s new police sergeant says he is looking forward to engaging extensively with the community in his latest role.
The vastly experienced Chris Hey is into his third week as the new sergeant in charge of New Norfolk.
He has already attended a council meeting and met with the Derwent Valley Tidy Towns committee to discuss the issue of the graffiti, and is looking forward to meeting more members of the community.
“To me, it’s important that the door’s open to have those regular sit-downs with those people that want to and work towards improving the community as a whole,” Sergeant Hey said.
He has previously had stints working in Hobart, Glenorchy and Bridgewater.
He has worked at the academy as an instructor, with the drug squad, in family violence, community policing, the criminal investigation branch, the police radio room, and administration.
Sgt Hey said working at New Norfolk presented unique challenges and opportunities.
“I see it differently to working in a bigger area like Hobart or Glenorchy — I think that because the community is smaller, there’s probably more expectations that the local police will work closely with the community,” he said.
“I think that there’s certainly a lot more expected of somebody in my role to be working closer with community leaders to ensure that their issues are heard and addressed.” He is settling in well. “So far, so good, I’ve enjoyed it — I think it’s a beautiful place,” Sgt Hey said.
EXPERIENCED: New Norfolk police station's new sergeant, Chris Hey.