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Officers join the Far West

Wednesday, 14th August, 2019

New Highway Patrol Officer, Ron Waters (left) and the new Inspector for Dareton Police Station, Darren Brand. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson New Highway Patrol Officer, Ron Waters (left) and the new Inspector for Dareton Police Station, Darren Brand. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Two police officers have stepped into new roles within the NSW Police Force in the Far West region. 

Dareton has gained a new Inspector in Darren Brand, who replaces Stewart Gordon, whilst Ron Waters becomes the new Broken Hill-based highway patrol officer, a role that has been vacant for some time. 

Inspector Brand’s role is one of varied requirements.

“I look after the police in Balranald, Euston, Buronga, Dareton and Wentworth and represent the Commander at whatever engagements and meetings I need to.”

Insp. Brand’s previous job was a police prosecutor and a prosecuting coordinator in Wagga Wagga.

He had never worked in the Far West.

“I’m really excited by the new environment, the new staff, and working closely with communities is an important part of my role, so working in with schools and indigenous communities and health groups, so it’s new exciting work for me,” said Inspector Brand.

“It’s predominantly Monday to Friday, daytime work but there is still some operational work involved, still some shift work but there’s a lot of variety which is great.”

Senior Constable Waters has spent the past few years working within the highway patrol, but he has ventured to Broken Hill to continue the job. 

“I’ve been doing general duties for about 14 years and highway patrol for the last couple,” said Sen. Con. Waters. 

“I guess I like the aspect, I’ve always wanted to be in the highway patrol and the opportunity came up,” he said.

“I’ve always been in the country, I did come from Mosman this time, but I’ve always been in country posts.”

He will be based in Broken Hill and he is looking forward to getting to know the city better.

“I’ve only been here (Broken Hill) once on an unrelated note and I don’t mind the country towns, it’s not too big, not too small,” he said. 

“I haven’t had a full scope of the whole place yet but just looking around it’s big enough, and the people are nice.

“It’s a different feel in a country community than when you’re policing in the city and building that relationship up with the community because highway patrol is sort of not one of the most liked sections of policing in general, for whatever reason people have had bad experiences perhaps,” he said. 

“I hope to maybe, as a team, build a good relationship and show what highway patrol is actually about.

“It’s not about hammering people on every little thing, there is also the educational part of it.

“You don’t give a ticket to everybody.

“There are certain things that are zero tolerance, but other things you can educate people on.”

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