Local feel for top cop
By LUIS FELIU
THE Tweed's new chief police officer, Superintendent Michael Kenny, not only has old links with the district, but is forging new ones with the community he is committed to serving.
Supt Kenny, 46, took over the Tweed-Byron local area command earlier this month after a three-year stint as commander at Lake Macquarie.
He has worked in a number of country areas, including New- castle, Kempsey and Armidale since joining the NSW Police 24 years ago.
He also worked in Sydney with the State Protection Group, Professional Standards Command and Tactical Response Group.
The father of three said he felt an immediate attachment to the area, given his parents have lived at Terranora for the past 15 years.
"My father grew up on a pro-perty near Uki and went to school in Murwillumbah.
"My grandfather owned a property there too, so not only have I fond memories of the area as a young boy, but I'm distantly related to the Kennys in the district," Supt Kenny said yesterday.
"I'm excited with the challenge of this new command.
"It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to meeting with community and business groups and civic leaders, some of which I've already met ... I'm interested to learn what they have to tell me.
"I'm also keen for police to increase their visibility as long as possible and want to encourage the community to feel comfort- able in approaching police."
One of Supt Kenny's pet policing interests which he'd like to see more of in the Tweed are closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) and he said he would be pushing for more of them to be installed in public areas.
A keen golfer, surfer and gardener, Supt Kenny has already settled into the area since moving here before Christmas, buying a home, joining his local Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving club and checking out some of the area's world-famous surfing beaches with his boys.
Supt Kenny said he was proud to have inherited an extremely well-run command and was fortunate to be able to work alongside Supt Tim Tarlinton, who is set to retire soon.