From the Commander's Desk - October 14

I AM very happy to say that, in this morning’s crime review, we had no crime in the previous 24 hour period to talk about. 

In all my time spent reviewing crime intelligence I’ve never witnessed such results. This is a fantastic result for our community and just goes to show how safe and secure our community is. 

This does not mean our local police weren’t busy. They are consistently out and about, doing all they can to maintain the safety of our community. They are doing a fantastic job and I am sure the community appreciates the good work they do, as much as I do.

I have been doing a little bit of research in relation to road trauma and have found some astounding facts. 

While only one third of the NSW population resides in country areas, two thirds of all fatalities occur there. Country residents have a fatality rate per 100,000 of four times that of their metropolitan counterparts. 

Drivers need to understand that there are different conditions in the country compared to the city. There are different road types, speed zones and traffic mixes. Drivers need to understand the importance of trip planning, and be informed of speed selection in different environments. 

The police and a number of other stakeholders are working hard to get information and strategies out to the community to ensure that we do all we can to make our roads safer. 

At the end of the day though, a lot comes back to the personal responsibility. I urge everyone using our roads to drive according to their ability and be aware of the different risks that country roads possess.   

On a brighter note, I would like to quickly mention that our Commander, Mr Dzevlan, is a mad Sharkies supporter. He is finally coming down from the high of experiencing a premiership win. Being a Roosters supporter I was glad to see the end of this year’s competition, however I have always had a soft spot for the Sharks and was happy to see them win.

Until next week....