Super cop fostering proud Ipswich crime prevention team
BARELY a week after the annual statistical review showed a five per cent drop in crime across the Ipswich district, Superintendent Charysse Pond has taken over the reins with a heavy focus on using team work to address two of the country's burning social dilemmas.
Supt Pond took over from former district officer Mark Kelly last Monday, spending most of her first week in the job visiting the Ipswich district's country stations - from Toogoolawah to Rosewood - alongside the southern region's Assistant Commissioner, Tony Wright.
As District Officer, Supt Pond will be in charge of an area spanning Ipswich, the Scenic Rim, Brisbane and Lockyer Valley, but upon stepping into the role she insisted that she would be part of a leadership team that includes five inspectors spanning all parts of the district.
Supt Pond began her career in Mareeba, far-north Queensland, in 1991.
She was the officer-in-charge of the suspected child abuse and neglect program in Ipswich, as well as a CPIU detective at the Sunshine Coast.
She was also part of the police Taser project ahead of the introduction of the devices into the service.
The new district officer arrived in the role following a two-year stint as the inspector in charge of country patrol for the Ipswich region.
"We've got some really good police here who do a really good job and know how to work with the community," she said.
"These are people who live in the Ipswich community, so there is a feeling of ownership here."
That feeling of ownership is about to spread in response to other domestic violence and drug use across the Ipswich region.
Despite an overall crime drop in the latest Annual Statistical Review, drug offences increased by a staggering 37% across the city and surrounding areas.
Much of the bump has been put down to an increase in police action, but the presence of a real drug problem - particularly with regards to the use of the drug, ice, is not denied.
"We see it all the time," Supt Pond said.
"I don't underestimate the challenges."
Ipswich police will be relying heavily on the co-operation of local councils, the community and various organisations to address what are often insidious domestic violence issues.
"We will be doing work with partner agencies to identify high-risk offenders and how we can be involved in intervention," Supt Pond said.