Meeting of minds

MEETING: Police and community leaders gathered in Young recently to discuss making our region safer. Picture: Craig Thomson.

MEETING: Police and community leaders gathered in Young recently to discuss making our region safer. Picture: Craig Thomson.

Police met with local and state government leaders and their representatives recently to identify issues that need to be addressed for a safer community.

The Community Safety Precinct Committee meeting was held in the Young council chambers and domestic violence in the region was high on the agenda.

Cootamundra LAC Superintendent Christopher Schilt the meeting was a great forum for Police and the community to work together to identify and resolve issues that are important.

"The Police are able to give a general overview of the types of crimes and challenges that are occurring within a particular area during these meetings and we also receive feedback on where the community requires our assistance," he said.

"By having the involvement of all levels of Government at the meeting, there is the opportunity to make a positive impact on identified issues."

Hilltops Council Administrator Wendy Tuckerman said it was vital Police, Mayors, Administrators and NSW State Local Members meet regularly to discuss community safety, crime trends and other issues across the command.  

"We hosted the recent meeting in Young and these meetings are extremely informative and allow Council an opportunity to understand the challenges faced by our Police Service," she said.

"The meetings serve to facilitate advocacy where needed and assist our Police in their efforts to make our communities safer.”

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson said the meeting had a truly local focus.

"It is important for the meeting to have a local focus because outside the major regional centres there are some unique social and economic problems associated with greater isolation," she said.

"The latest meeting included an informative briefing from the Cootamundra LAC's Domestic Violence Liaison Officer [DVLO], Rennai Kentwell.

“Domestic violence was down in some areas of my electorate, but it remains a significant issue.”

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