Award for Community Based Policing

Members from SA Police’s Community Engagement Section – including the Neighbourhood Watch State Coordinator – presented Mr Aaron Gowling with an Award for Community Based Policing this morning in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the making of the Why Risk It? Bushfire prevention video series.

Operation Nomad is SA Police’s bushfire prevention strategy, aimed at keeping our bushfire prone communities safe by educating the public about bushfire safety and the rules around certain high-risk activities during the Fire Danger Season.

As part of this year’s Operation Nomad campaign, SA Police produced a series of video clips giving viewers some helpful tips on how to stay fire safe while performing activities that carry a risk of starting a fire.

Aaron not only allowed SA Police the use of his property for filming, he also appeared on-screen in the videos.  His professionalism shone through on camera and helped to create an entertaining and polished final product.

If you’re a regular reader of our Neighbourhood Watch News page you would have already seen the first two videos in the Why Risk It? series, focusing on safe garden waste burning and safe use of power tools.  These videos, along with a range of other useful bushfire prevention resources, are available on the SA Police website.

As the weather heats up so does the risk of bushfires.  As Neighbourhood Watch members we can all play a part in helping to make this Fire Danger Season as safe as possible for our bushfire prone communities.

If you undertake any activity which may be a fire risk, please consider the weather conditions and check the restrictions around that activity by visiting the CFS website.

It is also important that you report any suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour by calling SA Police on 131 444. If you see a fire, please call Triple Zero (000). If you have any information about someone deliberately lighting fires call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online anonymously.

Further information about what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Season please visit the CFS website.

Pictured is Aaron receiving his award from Chief Inspector Cam Devey, Officer in Charge, Community Engagement Section.