By Luis Feliu
MEET Senior Constable Jason McCoomb - the new face of community policing at Elanora who is in charge of the new Neighbourhood Police Beat which is now open for business.
Sen Constable McCoomb is stationed permanently at the specially fitted out, two-officer Beat House at 194 K P McGrath Drive, Elanora, where he lives with his family.
Police Minister Judy Spence said the Elanora BeatHouse, established at a cost of $370,000, provided a valuable service to the local community by giving police a highly visible presence in the area. The Beat House is open between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Sen Const McCoomb said he looked forward to meeting ? and was already getting to know ? local residents, business houses and schools.
"This Beat gives the community country-style policing in the city," he said.
"We're looking at a pro-active approach to crime prevention and addressing causes rather than symptoms," he said.
Gold Coast district Superintendent Brett Pointing said the Beat was the first on the Gold Coast and different from other beats in shopping centres in that the officer-in-charge lived and worked in the area.
"By living in the area it not only gives the officer a sense of ownership because it's their 'patch' but it enables them to connect with their community and gain full appreciation of the issues ? good or bad ? unique to that community," Supt Pointing said.
"Jason is not only an experienced detective but has also experience as a country policeman at Goondiwindi.
"This is a return to traditional policing, like a bobby on the beat getting to know the community.
"We belive policing will be enhanced by this Community Beat particularly with the unique youth-related issues in the area.
"We urge people with issues to meet with him, hop in and say g'day, regardless of whether you have a police issue or not," Supt Pointing said.
Police Minister Spence said the Elanora Beat property, purchased last year, underwent a complete fitout and repainting before it opened. The second officer position is being finalised.