Police get set for crime night

BEHIND THE BLUE LINE: Senior constables Kristy O’Connor and Anthony Zivcovic promoting the Wimmera’s crime night. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER THEreality of crime and policing will be on show at this year’s crime night in Horsham on July 26.
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The night will feature speeches from Detective Senior Constable Grant Farley and Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Michael Ferwerda, who specialise in clandestine drug labs.

Detective Senior SergeantAnthony Mercer and Detective Sergeant Kurt Woods from the family violence taskforce will also speak.

Crime night organiser Senior Constable Les Power said it would be interesting to hear how the officers hadseen family violence attitudes change.

“It gives the public an idea of what police life is all about,” he said.

“Before the past 10years, murder and family violence were seen as something different.

“Now it’s become clear a high percentage of murders are related to family violence.

“Both guys have been in the force over 20 years.”

Snr Const Power said what police faced uncovering clandestine labs hadalso changed over the years.

“The way mobility of clandestine drug has changed, once upon a time you needed a house –now you’re able to make drugs in the boot of a car.

“It’ll be interesting to hear what they say.”

Snr Const Power said it would be fascinating to hearhow the two city teams operated and how their knowledge couldbe adapted in the Wimmera.

“It’ll be interesting to see what they do in Melbourne.How they look at these issues and what we do here,” he said.

The event raises money to provide equipment forthe Wimmera Base Hospital.

Snr Const Power said doors opened at 6.30pm for a strict 7pm start, with this year’s event likely to run longer than previous years due to the extra speakers.

He said tickets couldbe bought atthe door, or pre-ordered by leaving a message at Horsham Police Station or online through Trybooking.

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