Feeling safer

August 01, 2017

Tatura police Sergeant Darryl Phillips said they had a generally positive response at last week's police-ran community forum.

A police-ran community forum held on Friday evening revealed residents are feeling more safe after numbers at the Tatura Station were recently restored.

Sergeant Darryl Phillips said the forum was a chance for Inspector Haydn Downs and local police to make contact with the community.

‘‘There was a lot of positive reaction around the fact that we’re fully staffed again,’’ Sgt Phillips said.

Sgt Phillips said there were some concerns expressed with speed zones and traffic issues by the about 20 residents present.

Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said she attended the meeting, after hosting her own with the Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue in early May this year.

‘‘There was a much smaller crowd this time and I’m not sure if that’s because the issue of police presence was resolved,’’ Ms Lovell said.

‘‘People still raised some concerns though.’’

Ms Lovell said those present raised concerns with the length of time it took for police to respond as well as being unable to get in touch with officers at the station.

‘‘I’ll continue to monitor things and raise their concerns if they’re not happy,’’ she said.

Sgt Phillips said the forum ran for about one hour, following the last police-ran forum in Tatura, which was held in October last year.

‘‘People did raise what the best way to get in contact with us was,’’ he said.

‘‘The best contact is always 000 in the event of an emergency.’’

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