MAKING CONNECTIONS: Senior Sergeant Troy Salton looks forward to further bridging the gap between police and the Lowood community.
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Senior Sergeant Troy Salton looks forward to further bridging the gap between police and the Lowood community. Francis Witsenhuysen

Lowood's new officer-in-charge

SENIOR Sergeant Troy Salton has recently been appointed as the new officer in charge of Lowood Police Station.

With over 25 years experience as a police officer, Snr Sgt Salton previously worked with the Ipswich Police Service's Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU).

"I did 18 years as a detective in the CPIU, in varying roles, from investigator to team leader," Snr Sgt Salton said.

"But the last five years I was a detective and team leader on the Suspected child abuse and Neglect team (SCAN).

Senior Sergeant Salton said the SCAN team was multidisciplinary.

"We had police, child safety, education and health all working together to review and discuss child abuse matters.

"During my time there, I had some involvement in Lowood, so I wasn't a stranger."

Snr Sgt Salton said he was enjoying his new role.

"It's good to have a station, and an overview of the crime in and around Lowood.

Snr Sgt Salton has been a police officer for over 25 years.

"Prior to becoming a detective I did a couple of years in general duties in Beenleigh, then went up to Emerald,” Snr Sgt Salton said.

"I enjoyed investigating matters where I could look after the most vulnerable in our society.”

"I also like working with community and trying to stop crime and making people feel safer.”

Snr Sgt Salton said police relied heavily on the community to act as their ears and eyes.

"We need members of the community to tell us information and have confidence in us,” Snr Sgt Salton said.

"That's part of my role as the OIC, to build those relationship within the community.”

Lowood Police Station is preparing for a 24 hour capacity under a new operating schedule.

The new operating hours will come into effect last week on a three nights a week basis.

The station will also maintain its current hours throughout the rest of the week, opening for 20 hours with an on call functionality.

This is possible as a result of the additional posting of two additional Sergeants at the station, alongside Snr Sgt Salton's position.


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