A NEW Chief Inspector has landed on the Barossa police beat, with Shane Addison last week taking over from Alby Quinn, who recently retired from his 41-year policing career.
Chief Inspector Addison enters the role with 31 years of varied experience in South Australia Police, having previously been the officer in charge of Elizabeth police’s Crime Investigations Branch and most recently an officer in SAPOL’s Prosecution Services Branch.
Speaking to The Bunyip on Friday, Chief Inspector Addison wished his predecessor, Mr Quinn, well in his retirement, saying the pair had previously worked together on several occasions, including during Mr Quinn’s tenure as Elizabeth police Chief Inspector.
Chief Insp Addison said he looked forward to the challenge of taking over the reins at Barossa police, and aims to work towards advancing community safety in all areas from his Nuriootpa headquarters.
“I have, as an indicator, a strong background as a detective, so crime and crime trends are of significant interest to me, and I hope to work with all the local officers here and the local communities to identify pressure points and places where we can work towards opportunities in reducing crimes to occur,” he said.
“Road traffic safety is (also) a matter of concern to the community, and it’s certainly a matter of concern to policing.
“With the events that occur in and around the area, you get large influxes of individuals from within the city, interstate and overseas, many of whom aren’t familiar with local roads and local traffic conditions and, of course, with varying weather that can create road hazards.
“So, I think it’s really important that all people within the environment understand that there will be people who are unfamiliar with their local area, on the roads; they drive to the conditions, they drive taking into consideration that those people are there; and I think it’s important for police that the roads are properly regulated in that regard.”
Chief Insp Addison described the Barossa Local Service Area as a unique environment, being at the crossover between metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia.
“You really do have the northern part of the suburbs flowing into, and being a short distance away from, what is a rural environment; so, you get a very mixed policing environment to work in, and that creates its own challenges,” he said.
“My previous experiences at Elizabeth – helping and assisting in providing aid to the Barossa, where they’ve needed it, when serious incidents have occurred, or when they’ve needed extra resources – certainly gives me an understanding of the nature of people who might come into the area and commit offences, and then float back into the suburbs again.
“So, I’m very much aware of those dynamics, and how to work co-operatively with other elements of SAPOL, both in and outside the Local Service Area, to address those issues.”