Leading Senior Constable Erik Woods is the new officer in charge at Macedon Police Station and has a strong focus on community connection.
Beginning in the role last Monday, LSC Woods is keen to encourage an open door policy.
While the Macedon community has continued to have a police presence it has been without a manned station for some time.
“Getting the station open consistently at least one day a week – that’s where I want to start,” he said.
“Every Monday the station will be open from 8am to 4pm and people can make reports here or just visit to say g’day.
“I’m also looking forward to engaging with local residents, businesses and groups in the town.”
LSC Woods’ policing career spans about 15 years including six years at Gisborne and experience at Brimbank, Melton and Ballarat.
Before policing, he was with the army for about five years, including a period as a sniper in Afghanistan.
He has moved to Macedon with his young family from Bacchus Marsh for the role.
“I want to provide a reliable consistent service and I want the community to know that I will be here and respond to their needs,” LSC Woods said.
“It’s a nice community and I want to give them the service they deserve. I want to build that trust so that they feel comfortable when coming to talk to me and report things knowing that I’m going to something about it.”