New Hume Police District superintendent Chris Schilt says he’s here to stay.
Previously based in Cootamundra, the NSW Police rezoning will see the officer of 22-years overseeing the Hume and parts of Young – now known as the Hume Police District.
Superintendent Schilt has worked in Botany Bay, Cootamundra, Burwood, Port Stephens and the Counter Terrorism Command.
President of the NSW Police boxing club, the father-of-four has pledged a greater focus on youth issues throughout the district.
“My background and personal interest is youth issues, if we address this now there is an opportunity to impact other areas we are addressing. This is a big priority for me, and I will be relaying this to all the police,” he said.
“We’ve got to work on youth issues so we can have some positive effects down the track.”
He cited domestic violence, rural road trauma and drugs as key areas the police will “keep on top of”.
As part of the re-engineering rollout, every station will now have an officer in charge (OIC).
Inspector John Sheehan will head Goulburn Police station, Yass will be led by Inspector Alison Brennan and Inspector John Klepczarek will oversee operations in Bowral.
“The OIC model means there is a local face able to resolve issues. I see this as greater autonomy to carry out actions. One of the things I want to do is to get out to various areas and support the OIC with everything they need,” he said.
He commended the work of outgoing superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis, now in the Illawarra.
“It will be a challenge, as I am effectively doubling my staff and geographical footprint in comparison to my role before. There are different niches to every area and you have to be pretty adaptable but I look forward to the challenge,” he said.