The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

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.

Pic­ture: PA­TRICK GEE

EX­PE­RI­ENCED: New Nor­folk police sta­tion's new sergeant, Chris Hey.

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