New Commander appointed for Central North Police District

Western Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie APM, has announced the appointment of a new Commander to the Central North Police District.

Superintendent Andrew Hurst took command of Central North PD on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie APM said Supt Hurst brought a wealth of experience to the region, having joined the NSW Police Force in November 1994 and having spent the majority of his career in regional areas.

Supt Hurst began his career with the NSW Police Force in Penrith as a Constable, before spending the next two decades in numerous roles in regional areas of NSW.

Throughout that time, Supt Hurst transferred to Bourke on three occasions where he eventually pulled up stumps as an Inspector in 2014.

Supt Hurst’s history of working in small communities has allowed him to connect with the Bourke community and form a passion to combat crime across the Central North Police District.

“I have strong connections to the community and on a broader level our district has such varied communities, varied crime issues and is such a great place to work,” he said.

Supt Hurst said some of his main focuses will be on rural crime, youth crime, and domestic and family violence.

“I’ve inherited a really well-run command from the former Commander and our district performance has been very good now for a long time,” he said.

“My focus will be on establishing a strategic response to rural crime that will really focus on offenders, and there will also be an ongoing focus on domestic and family violence.

“Youth crime is an ongoing concern for numerous communities inside our district and the ongoing focus is for us to find new ways to divert youth from entering the Criminal Justice System which we know leads to poorer outcomes for them, their families and the community.”

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