Community engagement high on new Inspector’s priority list

Maryborough Police have welcomed new Inspector Donna Mitchell into its ranks.

Maryborough Police have welcomed a new police member to town, with Donna Mitchell joining the local ranks as Inspector and Goldfields Police Service Area Local Area Commander this year.

Coming to Maryborough from Croyden Hills, Insp Mitchell said getting out into the community and interacting with residents is high on the priority list.

“Everyone is really friendly in Maryborough, the whole pace of the town is so calm and quiet. It has a quiet vibrance about it and a real hopefulness which I really like,” she said.

“Interacting with the community is really important to me, I’m more than happy for people to come up and talk to me.

“I went to the Maryborough Tourist Market last month and I’ve done a couple of walks up and down the main street and talked to people.”

Insp Mitchell has worked in a range of police stations since joining the force in her mid 30s and has a passion for education.

Tapping into local resources to better improve policing and community outcomes is an area Insp

Mitchell said she hopes to work on. “My mission is to meet the other emergency services and the Central Goldfields Shire CEO,” she said.

“I’m interested in tapping into the resources within the community as far as mentors and professional development goes and bringing some diversity into police thinking.” Family violence is also an issue Insp Mitchell hopes to tackle head on.

“Family violence is probably our biggest issue in this shire and a lot of work is being done around it,” she said.

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