Police from across the Longreach Patrol Group gathered in Yaraka for the Officer in Charge Conference on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31.
Eighteen police officers from various communities and backgrounds shared their experiences and ideas about their communities within the Barcoo, Barcaldine, Blackall Tambo, Longreach and Winton Council areas.
The Yaraka community welcomed the policing contingent with warmth and excitement. Their hospitality was greatly appreciated by all.
Police were well catered for by the Yaraka Hotel, the Yaraka Sports and Progress Association and the Barcoo Mobile Coffee Vendor. Police were spoilt with quality coffee, delicious sandwiches for lunch, a hearty BBQ dinner and a widespread variety breakfast the following day. No one went hungry and police were very thankful for the exceptional catering provided.
Several families made the trip into town just to meet police from all corners of the Patrol Group. Many stories and laughs were had by all. The police Inspector Mark Henderson spoke humbly in thanking the community for welcoming police and sharing the beauties Yaraka had to offer, including the gorgeous sunsets at Mount Slocombe.
As police watched the sunset in the west from the mountains lookout, police observed a minute silence for one of our recently fallen colleagues, Senior Constable Brett Forte. This is one of many sad consequences and sacrifices we face as police officers on a daily basis and our heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends of our fallen. The community demonstrated their support by flying their memorial flag at half-mast for the duration of our stay.
It is on this note that the Patrol Group Inspector would like to thank and acknowledge the exceptional contributions made by police in their continual efforts to ensure the safety & security of our communities who continue to support us.