New cop of the north
Friday, 27th September, 2019
By Myles Burt
Tibooburra has a new cop in town after Senior Constable Vicki Shipley decided to move from Wollongong to the remote village.
Snr Cst Shipley has been a police officer for 14 years working in the Sutherland Highway Patrol.
Her first time working in the Barrier Police District, Snr Cst Shipley said Tibooburra first caught her eye when she was travelling around the outback with her husband.
Snr Cst Shipley said her cousin was a police officer stationed in Wanaaring and suggested she apply for the position.
“I got back home, we discussed it and yeah why not, let’s give it a go,” Snr Cst Shipley said.
“We could do with a challenge, so I put in for it and here we are.
“Very different to the home in Wollongong, much dryer obviously, no ocean but plenty of sand.”
Snr Cst Shipley has been residing in Tibooburra for the last two weeks getting to know the locals, getting involved in the community and participating in rural patrols.
Snr Cst Shipley said the new role was incredibly contrasting compared to her time in Sutherland Highway Patrol.
“I had to travel up to Sydney every day and the travelling was a lot,” Snr Cst Shipley said.
“It’s much better now, walk across and I’m at work now within five seconds.”
Snr Cst Shipley said she’s very much enjoying Tibooburra and eager to begin work in her new home.
“Everyone has been very welcoming,” Snr Cst Shipley said.
“I read a book called The Waddi Tree and one of the farms I went to out there reminded me of it, it was to a tee.
“Same as the book the way the people spoke, how they interacted, how the farm was setup, yeah it was quite an eye opener.”