No. 6 Chief In­spec­tor Joanne Reid

The Daily Examiner - - CLARENCE VALLEY'S POWER 30 -

CHIEF In­spec­tor Joanne Reid is at the fore­front of keep­ing our Clarence com­mu­nity safe, plac­ing her at num­ber six in our power-30 list.

Ar­riv­ing in the Clarence Val­ley in 2011 after posts in in­ner-Syd­ney and New­cas­tle, she has more than 20 years of polic­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to guide the lo­cal po­lice force.

How­ever, it is her man­ner of be­ing an up­front pub­lic face for the lo­cal force that has led to her po­si­tion within this list, with the now head of the Grafton sec­tor a reg­u­lar in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Ms Reid is a vis­i­ble pres­ence at many of Grafton’s ma­jor events and can of­ten be seen min­gling and talk­ing with the crowd at events such as Jacaranda and the July Rac­ing car­ni­val.

How­ever, it is her com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing an ac­cu­rate and timely link be­tween the po­lice and com­mu­nity that makes her stand out in her field.

She is a cru­cial source of in­for­ma­tion to The

Daily Ex­am­iner, of­ten go­ing above and be­yond the scope of her du­ties and sit­u­a­tion to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion.

And while be­ing in charge of an area’s po­lice may stereo­typ­i­cally re­quire the old “firm hand”, Ms Reid per­forms her role with a deft sen­si­tiv­ity and em­pa­thy.

In an in­ter­view with The Daily Ex­am­iner, she de­scribed her process of in­form­ing fam­i­lies of the loss of loved ones.

“When hear­ing that you have lost a fam­ily mem­ber, it takes a while for the grief to set in so it’s im­por­tant not to over­load them with in­for­ma­tion,” she said.

“Fam­i­lies also have a lot of ques­tions in the days fol­low­ing, so it’s about be­ing as ac­ces­si­ble to them as they need.”

Through her own will­ing­ness to be ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity and her com­mit­ment to her work, our com­mu­nity’s polic­ing is in good hands.

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