No local senior police officers will be relocated to Albury when a NSW Police Force merger is implemented at the end of next month.
That is the confirmation received this week from Albury-based Superintendent Evan Quarmby who has been appointed as the Commander of the Murray River Police District.
Incorporating the existing Albury Local Area Command and large parts of the existing Deniliquin Local Area Command, Supt Quarmby said the ‘‘go live’’ date for the merger is March 25.
Leading the smaller Southern Riverina police stations at a local level will be an ‘officer in charge’, a role Supt Quarmby said would be filled by existing Deniliquin LAC Inspector Paul Huggett.
The officers in charge for individual stations throughout the police district are designed to be ‘‘available to the community, council and key stakeholders as a single point of information and action’’, the Superintendent said.
Supt Quarmby said other than the internal changes, communities are unlikely to see any significant changes as a result of the mergers.
‘‘There will not be too many noticeable changes. We will continue to offer the same level of service, and place additional emphasis on the needs and expectations of the community.
‘‘I have always had a strong focus on local solutions for local problems, which is a philosophy developed over years of country policing.
‘‘The appointment of an Inspector as the officer in charge is key to managing the expectations.
‘‘No positions will be moved from Deniliquin (command) to the district office in Albury.’’
Supt Quarmby joined the NSW Police Force in 1988 after graduating from the academy in July of the same year.
He was initially stationed at Macquarie Fields for five years, before his first posting to a country command.
He moved through the police Western Region ranks to areas such as Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin and other more remote locations as a uniformed general duties officer.
It was while working in Queanbeyan that Supt Quarmby received his first promotion to Sergeant in 2003, and was promoted to Inspector while working in the Hume LAC in 2007.
Supt Quarmby was made Superintendent at Albury in 2016, and his career citations include the National Police Medal with clasps, Olympic citation, National Medal, NSW Police Medal with clasps, Commissioner’s sesquicentennial medal, as well as Region, State and Federal recognition and citations.
Over the past 15 years, Supt Quarmby has served as a qualified emergency controller, responding to emergency situations like bushfires, extensive floods, and other significant emergencies.
Among his professional highlights, he lists the completion of the Tier 3 Leadership Development Program in 2006 and further studies at the Australian Institute of Police Management as standouts.
He said using his country upbringing to embrace the needs that rural policing brings has also been a priority.
‘‘I consider my greatest professional highlight to be working in remote locations where I shared not only the highs and lows of policing, but also the successes and tragedies of the local communities,’’ he said.