Call for more police VIPs
ROZ Turner and Wendy Byrne have been VIPs at the Bundaberg Police Station for the past six years — and they would not change a minute of it.
The two Bundaberg women have been working as Volunteers in Policing (VIP) helping do security checks, set up police displays and visit victims of crime.
With only three VIPs in Bundaberg and one in Childers, the Bundaberg Police have embarked on a recruitment drive for people willing to lend a hand.
“If someone is looking to do something to help the community, this is perfect because we really get out there,” Mrs Turner said.
Mrs Turner said being a VIP was perfect for people looking for variety.
“We do whatever is asked. We are key holders, we go out to people and grade their house to see if it is secure, and I go and see elderly people who have been burgled and help them ensure their house is secure,” she said.
Mrs Byrne said all VIPs signed a contract before they started, providing at least four hours and no more than 16 hours of work a week.
“If there is nothing for me to do in the office, I just pop my head in a couple of doors and see if I can find anything,” she said.
Bundaberg Police crime prevention officer Senior Constable Janet Lindsay said VIPs would be provided with training before they started.
“We are looking for anyone who can think for themselves. Anybody over the age of 18 can apply,” she said.
Snr Const Lindsay said the police were also on the lookout for people with computer skills.
“Besides crime prevention, we also may have a few volunteer positions in prosecutions and the property office,” she said.
Snr Const Lindsay said the VIPs had become instrumental in helping police with their work.
“It is more people to get the message of security out and also visit victims of crime,” she said.
An information night for interested volunteers will be at the Bundaberg PCYC on Tuesday, January 12, from 7.30pm.