New constable named to permanently man Buderim beat

Senior Constable Veronica Brennan, Buderim Safe Committee president Don Culley and Senior Constable Sandy Atkinson Photo Emily Haynes / Buderim Chronicle
Senior Constable Veronica Brennan, Buderim Safe Committee president Don Culley and Senior Constable Sandy Atkinson Photo Emily Haynes / Buderim Chronicle Emily Haynes

AFTER more than five months, a new Buderim police beat officer in charge has been announced to start next month.

Senior Constable Jason Cameron will join the Buderim community from the Whitsundays, taking on the role full-time from March 18.

Maroochydore officer in charge Senior Sergeant Gavin Marsh said he was looking forward to seeing the Beat permanently manned again.

"It will be great to have a permanent officer in charge in Buderim again," he said.

"The office hasn't been permanently manned since September last year when Veronica left.

"The process to replace her has taken a few months."

This time last year, the Buderim Beat's full-time administration position was made redundant as part of a QPS cost-saving initiative.

Months later, the Buderim community's well loved and long-serving officer in charge Senior Constable Veronica Brennan and Senior Constable Sandy Atkinson were redirected to other stations in Sippy Downs and Maroochydore respectively.

The move left many residents up in arms over what would happen to the area's security.

In response to the announcement the Buderim Beat would be permanently manned again, Buderim Safe Committee chairman Don Culley said he would welcome the new constable with open arms.

"Things were running smoothly and hopefully now we can get into close quarters again," he said.

"I'd say he'd have quite a good committee behind him in the safe committee.

"He'll have to make himself known to all the shopkeepers and residents.

"He's going to be a very busy person."

Mr Culley said the Buderim Beat officer in charge played a huge role in the community for residents and businesses.

"It gives the shopkeepers in the commercial premises, as well as the residents, the opportunity to discuss matters with an officer in privacy," he said. "It helps with getting advice that is available."

Keep reading The Buderim Chronicle in coming weeks for a profile on the new officer in charge.

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