New Su­per­in­ten­dent to con­tinue his lo­cal fo­cus

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No lo­cal se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers will be re­lo­cated to Al­bury when a NSW Po­lice Force merger is im­ple­mented at the end of next month.

That is the con­fir­ma­tion re­ceived this week from Al­bury-based Su­per­in­ten­dent Evan Quarmby who has been ap­pointed as the Com­man­der of the Murray River Po­lice Dis­trict.

In­cor­po­rat­ing the ex­ist­ing Al­bury Lo­cal Area Com­mand and large parts of the ex­ist­ing De­niliquin Lo­cal Area Com­mand, Supt Quarmby said the ‘‘go live’’ date for the merger is March 25.

Lead­ing the smaller South­ern Rive­rina po­lice sta­tions at a lo­cal level will be an ‘of­fi­cer in charge’, a role Supt Quarmby said would be filled by ex­ist­ing De­niliquin LAC In­spec­tor Paul Huggett.

The of­fi­cers in charge for in­di­vid­ual sta­tions through­out the po­lice dis­trict are de­signed to be ‘‘avail­able to the com­mu­nity, coun­cil and key stake­hold­ers as a sin­gle point of in­for­ma­tion and ac­tion’’, the Su­per­in­ten­dent said.

Supt Quarmby said other than the in­ter­nal changes, com­mu­ni­ties are un­likely to see any sig­nif­i­cant changes as a re­sult of the merg­ers.

‘‘There will not be too many no­tice­able changes. We will con­tinue to of­fer the same level of ser­vice, and place ad­di­tional em­pha­sis on the needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I have al­ways had a strong fo­cus on lo­cal so­lu­tions for lo­cal prob­lems, which is a phi­los­o­phy de­vel­oped over years of coun­try polic­ing.

‘‘The ap­point­ment of an In­spec­tor as the of­fi­cer in charge is key to man­ag­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘‘No po­si­tions will be moved from De­niliquin (com­mand) to the dis­trict of­fice in Al­bury.’’

Supt Quarmby joined the NSW Po­lice Force in 1988 af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the academy in July of the same year.

He was ini­tially sta­tioned at Mac­quarie Fields for five years, be­fore his first post­ing to a coun­try com­mand.

He moved through the po­lice West­ern Re­gion ranks to ar­eas such as Parkes, Forbes, Con­dobolin and other more re­mote lo­ca­tions as a uni­formed gen­eral du­ties of­fi­cer.

It was while work­ing in Quean­beyan that Supt Quarmby re­ceived his first pro­mo­tion to Sergeant in 2003, and was pro­moted to In­spec­tor while work­ing in the Hume LAC in 2007.

Supt Quarmby was made Su­per­in­ten­dent at Al­bury in 2016, and his ca­reer ci­ta­tions in­clude the Na­tional Po­lice Medal with clasps, Olympic ci­ta­tion, Na­tional Medal, NSW Po­lice Medal with clasps, Com­mis­sioner’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial medal, as well as Re­gion, State and Fed­eral recog­ni­tion and ci­ta­tions.

Over the past 15 years, Supt Quarmby has served as a qual­i­fied emer­gency con­troller, re­spond­ing to emer­gency sit­u­a­tions like bush­fires, ex­ten­sive floods, and other sig­nif­i­cant emer­gen­cies.

Among his pro­fes­sional high­lights, he lists the com­ple­tion of the Tier 3 Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram in 2006 and fur­ther stud­ies at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Po­lice Man­age­ment as stand­outs.

He said us­ing his coun­try up­bring­ing to em­brace the needs that ru­ral polic­ing brings has also been a pri­or­ity.

‘‘I con­sider my great­est pro­fes­sional high­light to be work­ing in re­mote lo­ca­tions where I shared not only the highs and lows of polic­ing, but also the suc­cesses and tragedies of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,’’ he said.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Evan Quarmby has been ap­pointed com­man­der of the Murray River Po­lice Dis­trict, which will in­clude the South­ern Rive­rina re­gion and its sta­tions. Photo cour­tesy Al­bury Bor­der Mail.

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