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New police Sergeant at Moama

Francis O’Brien is looking forward to making his mark

IVY WISE April 10, 2014 9:21am

Francis O'Brien is the new Sergeant at Moama Police Station

Francis O’Brien is looking forward to making his mark as the new Moama police Sergeant.
Sgt O’Brien started in the new role on Sunday, after more than three years in Hay and five in Yass.
‘‘I wanted a change and I like a challenge,’’ he said.
Sgt O’Brien was aware of the drug issues, particularly ice, in the Deniliquin Local Area Command and said it would be a major focus for him.
‘‘We dealt with a lot of street-level drug crime in Hay,’’ he said.
‘‘We did a lot of search warrants, drug operations and proactive patrols concentrating on alcohol-related crimes.
‘‘I had a bit to do with drug crime, so I’m hoping to make a mark here.’’
Sgt O’Brien said all he wanted was for the community to feel safe.
‘‘If people feel safe in their own town, I’m well on the way to accomplishing my goal,’’ he said.
‘‘Compared to other areas, the Deniliquin LAC is a pretty safe area. We are lucky to live in a good spot.’’
Sgt O’Brien said he was part of the NSW police contingent sent to Moama for the Southern 80 ski race in February and during that time he spoke to stakeholders and businesses along the river about what they wanted from police.
‘‘They want more police presence on the water and around the water,’’ he said.
‘‘The LAC is also going to run another small boats course, which will provide training for our officers.’’
He said Moama was far from the smallest station he had worked at. He had run several one-man stations in his 26-year career.
Moving to the area with his wife and nine-year-old son, Sgt O’Brien said Moama offered a change of life and pace for his family.
He joins seven constables, who are responsible for Moama and Mathoura.
‘‘I am very approachable and I’m happy to discuss any issues people may have,’’ he said.
‘‘I generally want the community taking ownership of their town because without their help, we are basically blind.
‘‘The more information they give us, the more we can do.’’
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