Police reassure Boggabilla
BARWON Local Area Command Acting Superintendent Tim Beattie has reassured the Boggabilla community on the Queensland-NSW border that police remain committed to solving crime and arresting criminals across the area.
Acting Supt Beattie says police at Boggabilla conduct regular night patrols through the township and its surrounds.
“The timing of these patrols is adjusted to suit intelligence and crime patterns,” he said.
“Just because you can not see us, does not mean we aren’t there.
“There is also the option to recall police to duty should the situation require it.
“At those times we need good, accurate information from the community”, Acting Supt Beattie said.
The Barwon Local Area Command is at its authorised strength for the Boggabilla sector.
In addition, even though the sector has an authorised strength of six, there are resources from elsewhere in the command that can be deployed if required.
Acting Supt Beattie says police at Boggabilla work very hard but policing is about working with the community.
He said the local community needed to realise it was our ears and eyes and a reluctance to make a formal statement about an incident or go to court means investigations will be hampered.
“The best way for the community to help us help them is to break the cone of silence. If someone is reluctant to come to a police station, information can be given to Crime Stoppers,” he said.
“It is sometimes the case that sections of the community may hide an offender. This only makes our job harder and prolongs criminal activity.”
Acting Superintendent Beattie says one of the best weapons police have when it comes to making arrests is information from the public.
“People need to come forward and tell us what they know. To put someone before the courts and have them convicted requires evidence.
“It can be frustrating when you know members of the community have information that could help arrest someone but are reluctant to come forward,” Acting Supt Beattie said.