Community focus draws high praise
A CHARTERS TOWERS police officer whose community spirit goes “over and above” is the May finalist in the running to be named Townsville Police District Officer of the Year.
Fifth- year Senior Constable Belinda Peacock ( pictured) was looking for a community connection when posted to Charters Towers more than three years ago. And through her role as a school- based police officer, she has found that connection.
“I enjoy being part of the community,” Sen- Constable Peacock said. “Everyone knows everyone and comes together.”
Sen- Constable Peacock is the president of the local Blue Light Association, which she founded. Recently, the association secured a $ 32,000 grant for equipment and a trailer to allow them to take events to more regional areas.
Northern Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor said Sen- Constable Peacock underpinned the values of the Queensland Police Service.
“She’s ... gone over and above her duty and reflected the values that underpin good community policing,” he said.
Monthly finalists go into the running for the overall annual prize, with community members able to nominate police officers.