Cowra and Canowindra Police stations come under new command from Sunday, March 11

Supt Paul McDonald welcomes the introduction of a regional enforcement squad,
Supt Paul McDonald welcomes the introduction of a regional enforcement squad,

Cowra and Canowindra Police Station’s officially became part of the Chifley Police District as of Sunday, March 11.

Inspector Adam Beard becomes the officer in charge of Cowra responsible for the policing response in the Cowra sector which includes Canowindra.

Inspector Beard will report to a District Commander based at Bathurst.

“I don't’ think there will be any significant impact to my time here but my focus will be on Cowra and the surrounding areas and I’ll be involved in more community engagement with local stakeholders and community groups,” Inspector Beard said.

The Cowra Police Station will still be the initial contact for any policing matter, as it always has been.

Eugowra, which was previously in the Cowra patrol will be part of the Forbes cluster.

When the Cowra station is unattended the phones will now divert to Bathurst instead of Orange.

With the new structure comes the introduction of a regional enforcement squad, a move welcomed by the district’s highest ranking officer, Superintendent Paul McDonald.

The squad will be a proactive unit targeting the mid-level supply of drugs and property crime and other key crime areas.

The changes are part of a statewide command restructure announced by Police Commissioner Mick Fuller last year.

As part of the re-engineering, the state’s 34 local area commands in regional NSW are being replaced by 26 police districts.

Supt McDonald, who took over the Chifley command in January, just weeks ahead of the transition, said at the time he was looking forward to the opportunities re-engineering would offer, as well as any challenges.

He said an “enormous amount of back of house preparation” had gone into preparing for the transition, including collating intelligence from Cowra and Canowindra and looking at how the district would be resourced.

Supt McDonald said throughout the process, police would be focused on keeping crime rates falling.

“We are as ready as we can be. There have been extensive discussions between all affected parties, and I’m really expecting the transition to be seamless,” he said.