GAMES COPS RE­TURN

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ELEVEN po­lice of­fi­cers from the south­west re­gion trav­elled to the Gold Coast to be part of the polic­ing team at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Con­sta­ble Liv Smith, from the Charleville Po­lice Sta­tion, was si­t­u­ated at the Hockey Cen­tre, where she helped with crowd con­trol and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

“We had to make sure the crowd didn’t get out of hand, but also en­gage with the com­mu­nity be­cause they wanted us to build a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship,” Const Smith said. “My favourite part would have been when we got the crowd go­ing in a big sway or dance.

“But if some­thing had come up we would have dealt with it as po­lice of­fi­cers, but it is just com­pletely dif­fer­ent be­cause you are there to po­lice, but also en­gage with the com­mu­nity.”

Con­sta­ble Chloe Guil­lotte, from Charleville sta­tion, who was also sta­tioned at the Hockey Cen­tre for the Games, said it was an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was on night shifts at the Hockey Cen­tre, help­ing the army search ve­hi­cles for any con­tra­band and items like that,” Const Guil­lotte said.

“It was great to see all the dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to­gether,” she said.

Both Con­sts Smith and Guil­lotte agreed work­ing at the Com­mon­wealth Games was dif­fer­ent to Charleville.

“You are work­ing a mas­sive event with heaps of new peo­ple from all over the state, who you would have not met if you didn’t do this job,” Const Smith said.

Con­sta­ble Mick Kress­ibucher, who was ap­pointed to traf­fic, agreed on the dif­fer­ence.

“The vol­ume of peo­ple was the big­gest dif­fer­ence and not know­ing the peo­ple you pulled over.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LO­CAL SPIRIT: Charleville Po­lice Of­fi­cer Liv Smith at the Com­mon­wealth Games with her team.

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