Cop drive hits town

Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

Sergeant Stephen Lowe, Aboriginal Recruitment Officer, with Senior Sergeant Meg Burke at their stand on the lawn outside the police station yesterday. Sergeant Stephen Lowe, Aboriginal Recruitment Officer, with Senior Sergeant Meg Burke at their stand on the lawn outside the police station yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

The NSW Police Recruitment team was in the city yesterday to encourage more locals to join the force.

They have been travelling around the State and this was their first visit to the city although Senior Sergeant Meg Burke said they were hoping to return each year from now on.

"The aim of the trip is to spread the recruitment message to remote areas of NSW and provide valuable information on how to join the NSW Police
Force," Senior Sgt Burke said.

The Recruitment Branch was also concentrating on recruiting people from an Aboriginal background and would be assisted by the many Aboriginal
Community Liaison Officers (ACLOs) along the way.

"On the way they will drop in at towns such as Orange, Nyngan, Dubbo, Bourke, Cobar, Wilcannia and Griffith to spread the recruitment message," Sen.

Sgt Burke said "It has been great and the Youth Liaison officer and some other local police came to assist us.

"The local police have been really good. They have been getting out there and having a chat with the locals.

"It's funny how many myths people ask us about recruiting - it's good to quash a few.

"We've had a few enquiries from people who have just joined the force or have put in an application.

"We haven't done this recruitment drive for a while. We are on a busy, strict schedule. We had a crew travel down south, one travel up north and we travelled out to the west of the State.

"We are trying to cover every part in a limited time period."

Sen. Sgt Burke said she particularly liked working outside the big cities.

"I love recruiting from the country. There is something about country people. They are happy, keen and interested."

The Recruitment Branch has also visited the Broken Hill and Willyama high schools.