Country cop set to lead police in Cootamundra cluster

LEADER: Inspector Frank Brown is the officer-in-charge for the Cootamundra Cluster under the NSW Police Force's re-engineering program. Photo: Declan Rurenga
LEADER: Inspector Frank Brown is the officer-in-charge for the Cootamundra Cluster under the NSW Police Force's re-engineering program. Photo: Declan Rurenga

Inspector Frank Brown will lead Cootamundra’s police officers as the officer-in-charge.

Inspector Brown was first posted to Cootamundra in 2013 as Inspector and prior to that was stationed on the mid-north coast.

“I’ve been a country policeman for 28 years, mostly in western areas of NSW and the north coast,” he said.

His new role as officer-in-charge starts next week as the NSW Police Force’s re-engineering becomes operational, and Cootamundra Local Area Command (LAC) becomes part of the Riverina Police District.

“For the community, there will be no change for the services we supply,” Inspector Brown said.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and working with my colleagues in other areas.”

Inspector Brown said a priority for the police was stopping road trauma.

“We are continually seeing serious road vehicle accidents," he said.

“Other issues that are prominent include domestic violence, mental health and illicit drugs.”

He said these important issues wouldn’t be forgotten in the changes.

Inspector Brown said the changes mean officers at an incident will often have more responsibility.

As officer-in-charge, Inspector Brown will take a step back from the day-to-day work to focus on the Cootamundra cluster which also includes Stockinbingal, Wallendbeen, Gundagai and Tarcutta.

Wagga’s Superintendent Bob Noble will lead the entire Riverina Police District.

Meanwhile Cootamundra LAC Superintendent Chris Schilt and crime manager Detective Inspector Scott Wilkinson will move to the Hume Police District.

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