Police thank community volunteers
THE good will went both ways in Mary St yesterday, as Australians, including Gympie police, celebrated National Volunteers Week.
Inspector Steve Maney returned to the beat for the occasion, and for another reason not unrelated to the service of police volunteers.
Insp Maney urged Mary St shop owners to help themselves to a better standard of business security, by registering contact details of people with keys to their premises, so police can more quickly arrange for business owners to secure their businesses in the event of vandalism, burglary or disaster.
He also took the chance to thank some of the police volunteers whose work helps free up police personnel, so more of them can be on the beat, detecting and preventing just that sort of emergency.
Two volunteers in particular earned commendation – Jan Stead, who received a “silver award” for 500 hours unpaid voluntary work for police, and Carol Cunningham who has done 200 hours, earning her a “bronze”.
They were joined by new volunteers Marie Vella and Joan Armodie.
Any administrative contribution they can make will be welcomed by Mrs Cunningham, as long as it speeds things up a bit.
“I’ve already done 500 hours,” she laughed, after receiving her 200-hour acknowledgement.
Insp Maney said encouraging volunteers was, like the Keyholders Index, all part of helping police to provide a better service in the community. The Keyholders Index was part of a continuing campaign by police to reduce property theft crime.
“It’s a community initiative and it is an effective and pro-active crime-prevention measure,” he said.
The index allows police to respond more quickly and more effectively to property or stealing crimes affecting businesses, as well as natural disasters.
By registering after-hours keyholders names and numbers with police, shop keepers and other business people can help police to secure their premises immediately in the event of burglary, storm damage, fire or vandalism.