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New Police Liaisons Appointed Across Townsville

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The Adopt-a-PLO (Police Liaison Officer) officially launched across many Townsville state schools over the last few weeks, where a number of PLOs were adopted to local schools. PLO Debbie Pardon was the first PLO to be formally adopted by a primary school on March 25.

Major General (Rtd) Stuart Smith joined principal Mr Chris Riggs, Superintendent Kevin Guteridge, Scott Stewart MP, Townsville Officer in Charge Brad Inskip, cross cultural liaison officer Senior Sergeant Steve Batterham along with school students, parents and members of the community for the launch.

Cross cultural liaison officer Senior Sergeant Steve Batterham said PLO’s were being allocated to schools across term one and term two, with the potential for this number to grow.

On March 25, PLO Debbie Pardon was adopted to St Josephs, Mundingburra.
Having taught prep to year one to complete her teaching degree, PLO Pardon has a very special connection with the school that adopted her.

“I was very proud during my Adopt-a-PLO ceremony especially with the invited guests who attended to witness me being welcomed as part of the St Joseph’s Mundingburra school family as their Adopt-a-PLO,” PLO Pardon said.

“School principal, Mr Orford spoke very highly of my involvement over the years.

“I have attended school assemblies, spoken with students aged four to six years on their NAIDOC day celebrations and the theme around NAIDOC.

“I speak to students who have arrived for school, assist the principal on morning school duty, drop into various classrooms to say hello and attend to any follow ups as requested by the principal.”

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On March 22, PLO Trevor Prior was adopted to Heatley State School.
PLO Trevor Prior, who was adopted to Heatley State School said he had been involved with the school for a while, building rapport with students and staff.

“I really enjoyed the experience doing the Adopt-A-PLO ceremony to officially become part of the school,” PLO Prior said.

“I got to take part in handing out school certificates for their swimming carnival for the boys and girls along with indigenous leaders of the school.”

“At the morning tea afterwards, I spoke with the indigenous school leaders on overcoming fears of public speaking.

“They also showed me a demonstration of their indigenous song they are learning in language for their NAIDOC week later on in the year.

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On March 27, PLO Trevor Prior was also adopted to Wulguru State School.

“It was a joy to become involved with the school again, as I was an Adopt-A-PLO for the school from 2013 to 2015 while I was based at Stuart station and had built a great rapport with the school.

“I very much look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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On April 1, PLO Zane Prior was adopted to Rasmussen State School.

PLO Zane Prior said he had been attending Rasmussen State School for some years now but to officially adopted was a great feeling and a step in the right direction.

“Over the last couple of years, I have attended many events at the school such as the senior graduation, Obe Geia football carnivals, under eight days and sport carnivals,” PLO Prior said.

“I also assisted with the sky is the limit program with the Blackhawks trying to lower the truancy in the school.”