Tell the police what you think

IF you get a phone call about crime in the next few weeks, your responses will help Coffs Harbour police do their job even better.

Starting next week, police will conduct a phone survey throughout the Coffs/Clarence and the person making the call to randomly-selected residents will be a policing volunteer.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Jason Breton, said one of the aims of the survey was to gauge what the community felt about their local police and their performance.

"We also want to get a snapshot of the perception of crime in the area and gain information from our community that will help us better serve them in the future," Mr Breton said.

"We're doing it now because our discussions with Coffs Harbour City Council and the community through the Police Accountability Community Team (PACT) indicate that sometimes, the perception of crime doesn't reflect the real situation."

Police also want to be able to give the new Coffs/Clarence local area commander an appreciation of some of the crime problems officers face here.

The top job has gone to Superintendent Peter Barrie, the Miranda Local Area Commander who has been relieving at Redfern since last year's riots.

Mr Barrie, who has a wife and young fami- ly, takes up his new position next month.

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