PC Tony is hitting the beat
ELANORA'S own police officer Senior Constable Jason McCoomb hopes the suburb will see a lot more of Constable Tony Unicomb in the coming months.
For the last month Constable Unicomb has worked with Sen Const McCoomb at the newly established Elanora Police Beat but it might not be for much longer, depending on what the higher ranks do, according to Const Unicomb.
"I've been here about three weeks and I'm happy here at the moment but we'll have to see what the powers that be want to do," he said.
"I'll definitely be looking into becoming a permanent member of staff here because I think it's needed."
Sen Const McCoomb said it was refreshing to have another staff member onboard, and one with an intelligence background was a bonus as it complements his own investigative background.
"We tend to work really well together and it's great to have another staff member because it's a lot more effective," he said.
"We are able to spread the shifts a bit more as well like the other Tony worked 8am to 4pm and I worked 2pm to 10pm so you've got the Beat open more often."
Sen Const McCoomb said working at the Elanora Beat had more of a country feel to it than other stations on the Gold Coast because he and Const Unicomb were able to take their time to get to know the locals and put a human face to local law enforcement.
"It's good for people who live locally to know that they've got local police nearby who can relate to the issues they face in their area," he said.
"We have the time to be proactive and talk to people who are having problems and relate personally to them."