LONG time advocate for ‘better police service’ Doreen Bradley OAM is full of praise for Senior Constable Luke Rogers from Lemon Tree Passage.
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“I’m getting amazing feedback from residents about this officer’s dedication and continuing commitment to his job,” she said.
“He follows up his initial call-outs and always lends a sympathetic ear to victims of crime,” she added. “He even consoles those charged with offences and tries to steer them down the road to recovery.”
“Senior police really do need to encourage localism in their forward planning.” “It’s the secret to efficient crime management in isolated communities.”
Ms Bradley sees trouble ahead if the proposed amalgamation of Port Stephens LAC with other commands goes ahead.
“This ‘re-engineering’ they talk about will turn small communities against the Police Force if it means closure of small town stations and the removal of officers,” she said.
“They tried it once before out here with disastrous consequences.” she added.
“Already residents of Dungog and Tea Gardens are up in arms about it and Tilligerry will take them on too if they go down this pathway,” she said.
“You must have the community behind you if you want the best outcomes. At the moment we are waiting to see the new ‘Grand Plan.’ We will decide what actions we will pursue when we know more details,” Ms Bradley told News Of The Area.
By Geoff WALKER