14-year vet­eran ex­cited by move


ROCHESTER, there’s a new Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble in town.

Step­ping into the job on De­cem­ber 23, Brenda Wal­lis was thrown straight into the thick of it over the Christ­mas-New Year pe­riod — Rochester’s busiest time polic­ing-wise.

But it’s noth­ing she hasn’t done be­fore in her al­most 14-year ca­reer which spans from a short stint in the Mel­bourne sub­urbs to mov­ing around north-cen­tral Vic­to­ria.

For now, she’s call­ing Rochester her post­ing and wouldn’t rather be any­where else.

‘‘I want to stay here for as long as they’ll have me, it could even be un­til re­tire­ment,’’ she laughed.

‘‘I chose to ap­ply here when there was an open­ing — just for a change — and it’s go­ing to be good to see where it goes.’’

Be­gin­ning her ca­reer with a short stay in Don­caster, Const. Wal­lis de­cided to re­lo­cate to coun­try Vic­to­ria to be­gin see­ing her now-hus­band 13 years ago.

Since then, she has moved around from Shep­par­ton to Kyabram, Rush­worth, back to Kyabram and now Rochester.

Her ca­reer in Kyabram spanned about eight-and-a-half years be­fore she de­cided she needed a change.

‘‘I’m hop­ing to get out into the com­mu­nity and do a lot more of the proac­tive things,’’ she said.

‘‘Kyabram was get­ting so busy and so it didn’t give me a chance to get out as much as I’d have liked to.

‘‘Get­ting out into schools and the ‘cof­fee with a cop’ pro­gram (Rochester has) will give me more of a chance to get out and get to know busi­ness own­ers and just in­ter­act more with peo­ple out­side of the of­fice.’’

But be­gin­ning her work in De­cem­ber, it seems the busy-ness of po­lice work has fol­lowed her all the way down Webb Rd to her new pa­trol.

‘‘It’s been busy over the Christ­mas pe­riod, they as­sure me it qui­etens down, but I’m yet to see that,’’ she laughed.

And once it does set­tle down, she has a few ideas in mind for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I’m still pres­i­dent of the Blue Light Disco com­mit­tee in Kyabram, so we may run a bus there if there is enough in­ter­est,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s about meet­ing and in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple in the com­mu­nity in a pos­i­tive way — rather than just the ones that get on the wrong side of the law.’’

‘ I want to stay here for as long as they’ll have me.’

— Brenda Wal­lis

Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Brenda Wal­lis.

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