Police welcome Cherbourg security team
ACCORDING to police inspector, Graeme Paine, Cherbourg's new security team will be a welcome addition to the indigenous community.
A team of 15 community safety officers are soon to complete their training and will help keep the streets safe.
With the benefit of the local knowledge, the security guards will be a go-between for the local police.
If a situation escalates, the community safety officers will inform Cherbourg Police Station.
Police inspector, Graeme Paine was excited about the program and believed there was no reason why the two organisations wouldn't work in unison with each other.
"From our point of view, the big benefit of the program we will have members of the local community who are active and maintain a presence," he said.
"If any of the security officers identify what they believe may be an offence or welfare issue, they can contact us and we can work with them.
"We are pretty excited about."
Coordinator of the program, Stephen Carter, said the new team have been made completely aware of their roles.
"Our brief is to observe and report," Mr Carter said.
"In the event of an incident, our response from a safety point of view, is to contact emergency services."
Mr Carter has been impressed with the group, who will graduate from their training on November 27.
"The enthusiasm shown by the recruits has been absolutely outstanding," he said.
"There is a good balance of experience and youth and boundless energy."
To assist the community safety officers, state of the art cameras and hi-speed internet connection have been installed in Cherbourg.
"These are the most advanced cameras of their type in the world and this will be the first commercial installation of the cameras in Australia," Mr Carter said.
Of the 15 new full and part time employees, there are two females in the group.
While Cherbourg residents, Tanya Saltner and Kimberley Barrett have never done this sort of work before, they are both enthusiastic.
"We want to make a safer community and a better future for the children," Ms Saltner said.
The pair of Cherbourg mothers understood their new positions may involve dealing with some confronting situations.
"We've got to calm them down before it escalates," Ms Barrett said.