Police chiefs priorities
YOU can't blame Superintendent Peter Barrie for leaving behind the mean streets of Redfern for the delights of the Coffs Coast.
The 40-year-old is only a few weeks into his job as Coffs/Clarence local area commander but he's already identified as one of his big priorities forging an even closer bond between his troops and the community.
"I think the community has an excellent local police force. They're first-rate, very experienced officers," Mr Barrie said.
"I'm pleased to see a very positive relationship with the community and I'd be looking to enhance this even further.
"I'm also keen to give as much support as I can to our frontline police."
He has listened to people about their views on crime and has heard loud and clear their concerns about anti-social behaviour and incidents fuelled by alcohol.
While police would do everything in their power to make the streets safer, they needed help from residents.
"We know people are out to have a good time, but not to a point where their activities have a negative impact on others," Mr Barrie said.
He also urged parents to help keep their kids safe.
"They should make sure they know what their children are up to and if they're going to have a party, ensure it's a safe one," he said.
"They also need to ensure their children are not at risk to themselves or others through intoxication."
Mr Barrie joined NSW Police in 1987 and cut his teeth in the Sydney metropolitan and Illawara areas in general duties, highway patrol and plain clothes operations.
He was duty officer at Wollongong before becoming Goulburn local area commander. He was Miranda's local area commander for two years, then acted as western region commander at Dubbo before taking on the top job at Redfern for five months.
"Redfern has been problematic for public order management, but the community is moving forward with a positive outlook on wholeof-government and community so- lutions."