Maintaining a good relationship with the community and focusing on the prevention and disruption of crime are just some of the goals that new Bundaberg Patrol Group Inspector Anne Vogler has for the region.
Inspector Vogler is in her second week of her new position and said she was excited to get out and meet the community while making her mark.
“It's a new role for me which is a challenge in itself but I am looking forward to it,”she said.
“I think the Bundaberg Region appears to be a great region with a tight community base.
“One of the first things I want to do is to get out in the community and work well with the community – there have been so many great relationships already built and I can see that walking in to this role.”
Inspector Vogler said she had come to the region from Mt Isa where she spent two and a half years as Detective Inspector.
“I was basically in charge of criminal investigation including child protection and also support services,” she said.
“Now, in my new role in Bundaberg, I am looking after the Bundaberg station out to Mt Perry, Eidsvold, Gin Gin, Childers and Bargara.”
Inspector Vogler said moving to Bundaberg was a nice sea change and she was already loving the laid-back lifestyle and beauty of the region.
“I love your weather and your beaches here, it is something I have missed for the last couple of years!” she said.
When it comes to her role, Inspector Vogler said she would work hard to maintain a good working relationship with the community to assist in the prevention and disruption of crime.
“We obviously want to stop crime and keep the community safe, that is our goal,” she said.
“We are looking at things a little bit differently about how we are going to prevent and disrupt crime.
“To do that we need to get the community involved as well with little messaging like Lock It Or Lose It and information about getting to know you neighbour.
“It's important to know who lives in your neighbourhood, know who should be there and know who shouldn't be there.”
Inspector Vogler said it was clear to her that the Bundaberg Region already had a great relationship with local police thanks to the work done by her predecessor, Pat Swindells.
Inspector Swindells recently made the move to Gympie after working for Bundaberg Patrol Group from 1988 to 1993 and then again from 2016 onwards.
“I know Pat well and know he has a strong connection with this community going back years,” Inspector Vogler said.
“I certainly can't fill his shoes and don't necessarily want to.
“Coming in and seeing not only the work that Pat has done… I am really lucky and Bundaberg as a whole is lucky with the good people that Pat has put in place.”
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