Clancy the Koala and Coast Volunteers in Policing helping the Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch celebrate Neighbour Day at Parklakes II.
Clancy the Koala and Coast Volunteers in Policing helping the Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch celebrate Neighbour Day at Parklakes II. Yvette Tarrier

Police want senior volunteers to assist community

SENIORS are well acquainted with volunteer work in many forms, but perhaps not so much with working with the police.

That's changing now that Sunshine Coast Crime Prevention Unit has started a new initiative matching some of our senior-age volunteers with Coast retirement villages to do personal and property-safe presentations and act as a liaison between the police and the village.

It looks like shaping up to be a winning situation for the police and seniors.

"We have a team of 23 volunteers that primarily work under the management of the District Crime Prevention Unit," Sunshine Coast District Senior Sergeant Brad Grant said.

"Their role is to assist us in crime prevention activity and community activities.

"We will match different volunteers with local retirement villages."

Volunteers will be trained to make presentations at retirement villages on a number of subjects.

"The volunteers will raise awareness about certain things," Sgt Grant said.

"We are looking at it as being an ongoing program.

"It's only just started it.

"We are in the process of contacting the local retirement villages and matching them with volunteers."

The presentations will cover issues that affect everyone in the community but especially seniors: home security; identity theft; personal safety; property identification; seniors' safety; vehicle security; social engineering and social media.

"One of the great things about the volunteer program is that it gives the police a direct link to the community through the volunteers," Sgt Grant said.

"It extends our level of engagement.

"Many seniors have an unrealistic fear of crime.

"The Sunshine Coast is quite a safe place to live.

"Crime usually occurs when people do not take simple precautions."


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