Cops at cricket

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PO­LICE In­door Cricket Tour­na­ment vice pres­i­dent Si­mon Madg­wick, who grew up in Dubbo and spent years work­ing on the job in Dubbo and Welling­ton, said this year’s 36th an­nual cham­pi­onship, which has adopted Dubbo as its home, was a huge suc­cess.

He said there were some pretty big egos in­volved, with plenty of in­di­vid­u­als and teams de­ter­mined to take out the tro­phy.

“This is a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion, the largest num­ber of teams we’ve ever had. There were 29 teams, with 211 cops from all over the state com­ing to Dubbo to play in­door cricket,” se­nior sergeant Madg­wick said.

“There were 200-plus peo­ple here get­ting ac­com­mo­da­tion, go­ing out for din­ner, so there’s a huge in­flux of money and peo­ple into lo­cal busi­ness, and then these cops go back to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and they spruik how good Dubbo is, so it’s a win-win.”

He said the tour­na­ment has a value that ex­tends way above the sport­ing arena, with po­lice want­ing to par­tic­i­pate for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

“Some of these cop­pers meet one an­other and they talk to each other about how dif­fi­cult policing is and we can only talk about these things amongst our­selves,” Snr Sgt Madg­wick said.

“We can’t go and speak to the gen­eral com­mu­nity about what we see, about what we hear, about what we do, and just from the men­tal health as­pect it’s good to be able to chat with some mates, peo­ple who’ve shared the same ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Not all policing is about the fun part, or the ex­cit­ing parts you see on TV where there are high speed car chases and run­ning af­ter crooks and mak­ing those big lock­ups. Some­times policing is about de­liv­er­ing death mes­sages and the harder side of things, and we need to be able to de­brief one an­other and talk about these things.

“There’s no bet­ter place to do it than over a game of in­door cricket and a cou­ple of bevies,” he said.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Damien Knowles with Indi and Maya

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