Elmore honour their local officer

By Jared Prestwidge

THE Elmore community came together recently to award Leading Senior Constable Shane Bourke a certification of appreciation, acknowledging his commitment to the service and protection of the district.

The certificate was signed by many of the major stakeholders in Elmore and presented outside Railway Place.

Senior Constable Bourke, who moved to Elmore for the job 12 months ago, said he was touched by the gesture.

“I was honoured and extremely grateful for the recognition of what I do and how I support the community on a daily basis,” he said.

“One thing I’ve found since moving to Elmore is that this is not only a great place to work, it’s a great place when it comes to community spirit and they get behind each other in times of need,” he said.

Elmore resident Ken Wills, who organised the presentation, said it was great to see the residents of Elmore get behind such an important member of the community.

“He's a top cop and he's got the community's best interests at heart,” he said.

“He's a real breath of fresh air in the place.”

Sen Const Bourke boasts 24 years of experience as a police officer and has worked in numerous metropolitan and large country stations.

He is the only officer stationed in Elmore, which he said comes with its own set of responsibilities and challenges.

“I always have an open-door policy. I live in the town and you've got to be prepared for people to knock on your door day or night who require assistance,” he said.

“Most officers get to turn off when they finish their shift. As a one-person station, we don’t get that opportunity, we’ve got to just continue doing what we do.

“It’s been a great honour to work here and I hope I’m here for many years to come because for community-minded policing, you couldn’t ask for a better place.”