From left: NSW assistant commissioner Geoff McKechnie, Tenterfield Shire mayor Toby Smith, NSW Cross-Border commissioner Steve Toms, Moree Plains mayor Peter Strang, SDRC mayor Peter Blundell, Qld Department of the Premier and Cabinet Michael Tennant, Goondiwindi mayor Graeme Scheu and Qld assistant commissioner Paul Wilson.
From left: NSW assistant commissioner Geoff McKechnie, Tenterfield Shire mayor Toby Smith, NSW Cross-Border commissioner Steve Toms, Moree Plains mayor Peter Strang, SDRC mayor Peter Blundell, Qld Department of the Premier and Cabinet Michael Tennant, Goondiwindi mayor Graeme Scheu and Qld assistant commissioner Paul Wilson. Erin Smith

Officers working it out

POLICE officers from Queensland and New South Wales gathered in Warwick yesterday to see how they could improve their cross-border policing and team work.

Queensland police assistant commissioner for the Southern Region Paul Wilson said the aim was to work towards greater collaboration between the borders.

"Borders don't stop criminal activity," he said.

"These discussions and the links we will forge between our two states will allow us to better serve the people in our respective jurisdictions."

The conference involved police from Queensland and NSW, along with local and state government representatives.

Among the local representatives was Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the one-day conference was a good way for police to exchange ideas, techniques and information while fostering a good working relationship between the two states.

"Queensland and NSW police have a history of working well together and that relationship can only get better through the exchange of ideas," he said.

"Matters such as crime, road safety, mental health, domestic violence and emergency management are all fundamental issues and through conferences like this police from different jurisdictions are able to discuss how to deal with these matters effectively and efficiently.

"The conference also allows police to get into the one room and discuss the issues experienced on both sides of the border."



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