Cockburn Gazette - - CHRISTMAS -

IT is a time for cel­e­bra­tion and be­ing with friends and fam­ily, but few give a sec­ond thought to the men and women who give up their Christ­mas to keep the com­mu­nity safe.

Many lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers will be work­ing right through the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod, giv­ing up the chance to spend the day with loved ones to make sure ev­ery­body stays happy and safe.

Fre­man­tle po­lice act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Nathan Tren­berth said it was al­ways hard for the fam­i­lies of po­lice and other emer­gency ser­vices work­ers, who rarely saw their loved ones over Christ­mas, but they had an im­por­tant job to do.

“Christ­mas is a busy time of the year for the lo­cal po­lice; with the warmer weather there can be real chal­lenges in tack­ling crime so it can take a bit more ef­fort for us to get into the fes­tive spirit,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately there is usu­ally an in­crease in do­mes­tic violence over Christ­mas so we will be spend­ing some time with those fam­i­lies most at risk.

“We’re also ask­ing lo­cals to lock their doors be­cause crooks don’t stop steal­ing just be­cause it’s Christ­mas time.

“We of­ten deal with the con­se­quences of poverty and poor men­tal health in and around Fre­man­tle, so it would be great to see fam­i­lies get into the Christ­mas spirit and con­sider sup- port­ing some Fre­man­tle char­i­ties.”

Act­ing Snr Sgt Tren­berth said while po­lice would be busy keep­ing the streets safe, of­fi­cers were al­ways happy to re­ceive a kind word and a ‘Merry Christ­mas’ from lo­cals.

“We’ll be at the Can­dle­light Carols at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre so come and say hello,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d446603

Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Nathan Tren­berth.

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