Of­fi­cer nom­i­nated for top award

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Nathan Paull

HON­OURED: Sgt Glenn Lawrence works to pre­vent crime be­fore it hap­pens SERGEANT Glenn Lawrence does not wait for crime to hap­pen be­fore get­ting to work.

His com­mit­ment to his role as Townsville district crime preven­tion co-or­di­na­tor has earned him a nom­i­na­tion for the Townsville Bul­letin Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year Award.

Sgt Lawrence said while he ini­tially joined the po­lice ser­vice so he could bring crim­i­nals to jus­tice, his cur­rent role in pre­vent­ing crime be­fore it even hap­pened was just as im­por­tant.

‘‘ Any pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures are good be­cause preven­tion is bet­ter than cure ob­vi­ously.’’

‘‘ Crime preven­tion is some­thing that ev­ery­one can do – some­thing as sim­ple as lock­ing up their own prop­erty or be­ing aware of their own per­sonal safety mea­sures so they don’t be­come vic­tims of crime.’’

Sgt Lawrence said an im­por­tant part of his role was to forge a strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween po­lice and civil­ians.

‘‘ Po­lice are also part

of

the com­mu­nity . . . and we’re there to serve the com­mu­nity, so the greater in­ter­ac­tion we have, the bet­ter we un­der­stand their needs to bet­ter serve them.’’

This year’s NQ Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year will re­ceive a fam­ily hol­i­day val­ued at $ 4000 and a watch from Loloma Jew­ellers.

The win­ning of­fi­cer’s sta­tion will re­ceive a cof­fee ma­chine.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made be­fore April 2 by log­ging on to townsville­bul­letin. com. au.

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