Ma'am Reid, our new lady in blue
IT’S just as well Joanne Reid likes being a cop – she’s just become Grafton’s newest inspector – equivalent in rank to Grafton’s other police inspector, Murray Gillett.
Ma’am Reid, as her subordinates will refer to her, has brought her young family with her from her previous post – establishing a uniform presence at Sydney Airport with the Australian Federal Police.
Prior to this three-year post, Insp Reid worked mainly in general duty positions with the Redfern and Newtown commands of inner-Sydney.
Boasting 16 years’ police service, Insp Reid said she was looking forward to the challenges of her new position and would be overseeing human resources issues for the entire Coffs/Clarence command, which has about 180 officers.
Insp Gillett and Insp Reid share the responsibility for the Grafton sector of the Coffs Clarence LAC.
Insp Reid said the issue of long-term sick leave was definitely under her jurisdiction and she hoped to make some inroads in this known problem area.
“We need to enable the long-term sick to leave with dignity and replace them,” she said.
City born and raised, Insp Reid said although she loved the city she was looking forward to the social change of pace in the bush.
She said her partner had family in the Grafton area so she had visited a few times in the past eight years.
“But mostly what I knew of Grafton was Jacaranda and I had the pleasure of watching Purple Haze (documentary),” she said.
“It’s a beautiful town and it has just about everything you need.
“Really, I’ve policed Sydney to death and I needed something different.”
Though she expected to be busy in the office, Insp Reid said she still looked forward to front-line policing when needed.
Insp Gillett said Insp Reid’s position was not a new one – rather the replacement for a long-term sick officer.