ALTHOUGH a helping hand in times of need, the police provide a service much greater than just law enforcement.
In an effort to nurture healthy relationships and help the younger members of the community, Senior Constable Carlene Groube has embraced the role of a school-based police officer at Lockyer District High School.
As secretary of the Gatton Blue Light, Senr Const Groube said she had gained a positive working relationship with youth over the years and looked to foster that bond.
“Kids five years ago that were coming to the blue light are students here now so I already have a bit of a rapport with the students through the blue light,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to building that healthy relationship with the kids between police, students and families.
“And helping them realise that police officers aren’t just law enforcers we are actually people and we actually do care about the community that we work in and the people within that community.”
Lockyer District High School principal Darren Cook said it was great to have police available to support students and had seen positive results over the years.
“Lockyer High is one of the centres of the Gatton community, we have 1100 kids and 135 staff so it’s a central place in the community,” he said.
“The positive relation- ships and perception of police in the minds of young people has clearly improved.
“Police aren’t people that just get you in trouble or give you tickets, they provide an educational service for young people and their families and it’s a good thing.”
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