No. 6 Chief Inspector Joanne Reid
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.