A local has taken over the reins of policing in the East and South East region, with Inspector Peter Harris now in charge of law and order from Nubeena to Bicheno and Sorell to Richmond.
Having lived in Dodges Ferry for most of his life, Insp Harris is proud to be ‘coming home’ after stints in Hobart, Glenorchy, Bridgewater and Launceston.
With an open door policy for both staff and the community, Insp Harris has moved his office closer to reception so he can be more accessible.
“I will be getting out and about as much as possible, I like the old walk and talk program,’’ Insp Harris said.
“Community engagement in the area is already high and I will continue this by working with schools and community groups.’’
He will also be meeting with the three councils to discuss emergency management protocols.
“My key aim is to shore up emergency management with the three councils, I will be talking to the general managers, identifying all evacuation centres and see how we can improve and make it a seamless process in the event of an emergency.’’
With Sorell being the gateway to the East Coast and the Tasman Peninsula, Insp Harris is acutely aware of the demands on road usage and commuter congestion.
“I remember when it use to take me 20 minutes from Dodges Ferry to Hobart and now it can take an hour,’’ he said.
“I’m looking forward to working with locals, council and other agencies to address this.’’
Having graduated from the Police Academy in 1987, Insp Harris has since studied at the University of Tasmania and studied for his graduate certificate for inspector, diploma of police studies and masters in business administration.
The 51 year old, with four children, says he will strongly encourage colleagues to add to their professional standards through study.
Another responsibility held by Insp Harris is state commander of disaster victim identification.
Although a difficult task, he said in many cases the reward of such a role was giving family and loved ones a level of closure.