New Wooli police officer Senior Constable Matt Hegarty, left, with former Wooli officer Acting Inspector Darren Williams.
New Wooli police officer Senior Constable Matt Hegarty, left, with former Wooli officer Acting Inspector Darren Williams.

New Wooli cop cracking down

THE new police officer stationed at Wooli has arrived armed with a ‘crackdown list’.

Senior Constable Matt Hegarty took up residence at the Wooli police house in October.

Since that time he’s settled into the community, met with locals and come up with a plan to crack down on crime in the region in the summer holidays.

Snr Cnst Hegarty said he’ll be targeting stealing, traffic offences, drink driving around Wooli, Diggers Camp, Minnie Water and Sandon, and ensuring cyclists are wearing helmets.

“If people think I’m being harsh, at the end of the day all I’m trying to do is stop stealing and save lives,” he said.

“I’m harsh but I’m a fair copper.”

The officer also encouraged residents of the coastal villages to report all crime as soon it happened so police could respond accordingly.

Before arriving in Wooli, Snr Cnst Hegarty worked at Woolgoolga, Sydney and in the small town of Mungindi, eight hours west along the NSW/QLD border.

He and his family were extremely happy to have made the sea change, he said, and were enjoying the cooler lifestyle of the seaside community.

“We think we’re very lucky to be at Wooli,” he said.

  



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