It is with much excitement that I assume the role of Commander for the Hume Police District. I am very fortunate to be taking on an area with such a rich history and one which has been passed on in great shape by the Commander for the last two years, Andrew Koutsoufis. I have no doubt that Andrew’s achievements over the years will place him in a great position for any of his future endeavours.
I think that with any new police job, you come in with a sense of nervousness about what impact you are going to be able to have and how you will settle in. I must admit that I have been very lucky with the senior management team that I have inherited and the welcome that I have received from the staff and the community.
In taking on this role, I think that it’s only fair that I share a bit of my background with everyone. I’ve been a police officer for 22 years now and joined not long after completing a nursing degree. Much of my service was spent in metropolitan Sydney and I was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2008 at Botany Bay Local Area Command. In 2012 I moved to the Counter Terrorism Command and was later promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2016 at Cootamundra LAC, where I remained up until my commencement at the Hume.
I’m married to Kara and have four children aged 13,11, 10 and 8. I love being involved in all my kid’s sport and have a personal interest in boxing, which I have been involved in for over 20 years.
I am really hoping that this privilege to lead the Hume Police District will give me a chance to have a positive effect on many of the issues that are important to the community and equally to myself. I think that we have a real opportunity to work with young people to help them achieve everything that they can be. I’ve seen the fantastic impact that some helpful interactions with young people can have and am looking forward to working with our PCYCs, schools, health services and community leaders to engage with our youth to get these good outcomes. I feel confident that there is a direct correlation between these early interventions and a positive result in areas that concern all of us, like domestic violence, drug use, road safety and the like.
I have been fortunate enough to run a boxing program at the Young PCYC over the last year and have watched as the young people involved learnt about healthy lifestyles, self discipline and commitment. The best thing about it was that I didn’t have to provide any lengthy lecture on a particular topic; instead, the kids got to chat to the adults who came along to the class and got to see some positive role models. As parents, coaches and every day members of the community, we have a chance to do exactly that: be a positive role model and the kind of person that young kids want to be!
Until next time…..