From the Commander's Desk | February 17

I’ve been watching ‘Ice Wars’ on the ABC the last couple of weeks. The story as described there is no different to what many country towns face.

It’s a big problem for many communities, including ours. The show’s name is well-chosen – the matter is best described as a war the community has to take on.

Ice is a devastating drug. It destroys everything in a person’s life: their family, their mental and physical well being, relationships, jobs, their finances. It’s a killer of a drug.

Here in the Hume we’ve had some well-publicised battles against ice, in particular Strike Force Trinculo, which was a significant win.

We have just charged our 50th offender for an ice-related crime. That sends out a clear message that in our area we’ll take on the fight. If you think dealing’s a good idea, you’ll get stung.

The Hume is now known as an area where drug dealing has dried up due to constant police attention.

If anyone can help further, call CrimeStoppers.

Because it’s not just about dealing, it’s about all the associated crime that comes with it: home robberies, petty theft and so on. We have in fact seen a drop off in these areas too as a result of smashing up ice dealing in the area.

A couple of events are coming up in the Hume.

We’ve got the Goulburn Police Station open day on February 26, from 10am-2pm. Please come along and have a look inside the thin blue line.

There’ll be a sausage sizzle, costing $1, which will be donated to men’s shed.

Have a look around at all the different displays on the day, including from the dog squad, police rescue and weapons training unit.

It will be a good fun day: bring kids along and enjoy.

The other event is Coffee with a Cop at Yass on February 23. It will be held at Kaffeine cafe on Comur Street, Yass from 10am.

Come along and meet local police. It will be a chance to meet our new inspector attached to Yass, Alison Brennan.

Unitl next week...