Com­mu­nity fo­cus draws high praise

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

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.

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