Police: Brunswick open day

I rise to congratulate our local police and community on making the Brunswick police open day held on Sunday, 21 October, such a success. Between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at Clifton Park in Victoria Street, Brunswick, the community was able to come down and meet many members of the local force and elite officers. They were able to check out police cars, trucks and equipment and, in a crowd favourite, were treated to a visit by a police helicopter, which touched down in the centre of the oval. It was terrific to see the little kids wide-eyed and happy — almost as happy as some of their parents — while they were getting photos taken next to the helicopter and its pilots. There was balloon-making for the kids, a couple of mini-rides and a police puppy dog in training for its life in the force. The police band belted out some tunes, along with a loudspeaker playing top-40 hits.

The council and the White Ribbon Foundation were there with information and advice.

It really was a very special day, which gave the local community a terrific opportunity to meet their local police officers, ask them questions and, most importantly, thank them for their hard work and dedication. Particular mention should be made of local Acting Senior Sergeant Shayne Kerley, who organised the event. It was a huge effort and required an enormous amount of work. He is to be congratulated, as is, as always, Inspector Dean McGowan, for his ongoing leadership and commitment.

Hansard, 2013