Police call in community as back-up support
RESIDENTS and police are banding together in at least one area of the Gold Coast to benefit the community.
The combined Burleigh, Palm Beach and Elanora (Police) Community Consultative Committee was set up to develop a partnership between the police and the community .
It meets every three months to update the community on law and order matters, to give everyone the opportunity to meet senior police officers, and to air concerns about public safety.
Committee chairman for two years, Ian Grace, said attendance at the meetings was growing, with 40 people at the last gathering.
"It's an open forum. Police give a report on what's happening and then it's open to people who've got a complaint or issue," he said.
Top of the agenda at present is raising funds for the reinstatement of a youth engagement officer based at the Elanora Police Beat.
"We need $65,000, we're about half-way there, and we need support," Mr Grace said.
"We've got support from the chamber of commerce, Pines Shopping Centre, the Commonwealth Bank... Rotary is going to put an amount in."
A youth engagement officer was originally appointed in 2010 after a violent assault at a local high school ended up on YouTube and went viral.
This role reduces the burden on police and juvenile recidivism through early intervention, diversion and follow-up work through case management.
Mr Grace said police did a "bucketload" of work behind the scenes and deserved support.
The consultative committee quarterly forums are held at Currumbin RSL.
Inquiries to Ian Grace on 0424 143 140.