You may recall my introduction as the Local Area Commander for the Greater Shepparton Police Service Area from the Shepparton News March 1 edition following my arrival in early February.
Well, the first eight weeks have flown and my initial impression of Shepparton being a vibrant, rural city with strong community connections and proud history has been reinforced time and time again over this short period.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to witness the unveiling of the William Cooper statue in the Queen’s Gardens.
This was a fitting dedication and acknowledgement of the history and legacy of William Cooper which is simply outstanding and demonstrated to me the strong cultural history within the community.
I had the pleasure of hosting the most recent Cool Heads program at Shepparton GOTAFE.
This is an excellent presentation strongly supported by members of our community and emergency services personnel who deliver and talk about the real emotion and cost of road trauma in our community.
The presentation challenges your thinking about driver behaviours and decisions and is particularly aimed at our young drivers.
I strongly recommend parents consider attending with their children.
It’s a great conversation starter that may just save your child from being an unnecessary victim of road trauma into the future.
And over the past week I have met the Goulburn Valley Family Violence Executive Committee and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton — a united group of people whose commitment to you, the community in our region, is impressive.
You may have heard me say — and I will continue to say — that a policing issue is more often than not also a community issue and the support of the community and stakeholders is vital to police to enable us to address these issues and provide quality service to the community.
There has been some exceptional work undertaken in recent times by the local police with a number of significant drug seizures and offenders apprehended for varying offences.
In a lot of these instances, information from the community has contributed to the success of these outcomes, which is pleasing.
I want to thank my members for their ongoing good work and the community for supporting their local police who are working hard to support you.
Troy Hargadon is Shepparton Police Inspector.