Passion for policing

• Condobolin man, Kevin Read, has been named as a finalist in two categories in the prestigious Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards – Employee Of The Year and IJ Community-based Policing Award (Unsworn). MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Kevin Read has a passion for community policing.

The Condobolin man is an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer with the Lachlan Local Area Command.

His dedication and committment has seen him named as a finalist in two categories in the prestigious Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards – Employee of the Year and IJ Community-based Policing Award (Unsworn).

From the Murrin Bridge Mission near Lake Cargelligo in the west to Peak Hill in the north and Forbes in the south, Kevin regularly travels up to 4,000 kilometres a month to attend community meetings and events.

Through calm negotiation, Kevin has often brought about peaceful resolution to situations, avoiding the need for arrests and protracted “man hunts.”

He has been at the forefront of Aboriginal youth diversion initiatives such as “Backtrack” and is a prominent supporter of the highly successful iProwd indigenous recruitment program.

The category winners and overall Police Officer of the Year will be announced at a special dinner on Friday, 4 November.

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