Feel­ing safer

Traf­fic and re­sponse times raised

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Tara Whitsed

A po­lice-ran com­mu­nity fo­rum held on Friday evening re­vealed res­i­dents are feel­ing more safe af­ter num­bers at the Tatura Sta­tion were re­cently re­stored.

Sergeant Dar­ryl Phillips said the fo­rum was a chance for In­spec­tor Haydn Downs and lo­cal po­lice tomake con­tact with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘There was a lot of pos­i­tive re­ac­tion around the fact that we’re fully staffed again,’’ Sgt Phillips said.

Sgt Phillips said there were some con­cerns ex­pressed with speed zones and traf­fic is­sues by the about 20 res­i­dents present.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Wendy Lovell said she at­tended the meet­ing, af­ter host­ing her own with the Shadow Min­is­ter for Po­lice Ed­ward O’Dono­hue in early May this year.

‘‘There was a much smaller crowd this time and I’m not sure if that’s be­cause the issue of po­lice pres­ence was re­solved,’’ Ms Lovell said.

‘‘Peo­ple still raised some con­cerns though.’’

Ms Lovell said those present raised con­cerns with the length of time it took for po­lice to re­spond as well as be­ing un­able to get in touch with of­fi­cers at the sta­tion.

‘‘I’ll con­tinue to mon­i­tor things and raise their con­cerns if they’re not happy,’’ she said.

Sgt Phillips said the fo­rum ran for about one hour, fol­low­ing the last po­lice-ran fo­rum in Tatura, which was held in Oc­to­ber last year.

‘‘Peo­ple did raise what the best way to get in con­tact with us was,’’ he said.

‘‘The best con­tact is al­ways 000 in the event of an emer­gency.’’

Happy: Tatura Po­lice Sergeant Dar­ryl Phillips said they had a gen­er­ally pos­i­tive re­sponse at last week’s po­lice-ran com­mu­nity fo­rum.

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