FOR his first day as officer in charge at Maclean Police station yesterday, Sergeant Darren Williams was clear about what he wants to achieve for the people of Maclean.
“I'm looking forward to getting crooks off the street and making people feel safe.” a confident Williams said.
The 43-year-old father of four has done enough time on the streets and highways of northern NSW to say that he is about as familiar with the area as anybody could be.
Growing up in Casino, Williams comes from a family of law enforcers with five of the six children in his family following their father's footsteps.
“I have brothers in the force at Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Mittagong and my sister is a police detective in Brisbane.
“Our family Christmas parties are very unique.” he laughed.
In 21 years of police service he's notched up 10 years and thousands of kilometres as a highway patrol officer in Coffs Harbour and Casino.
He's completed a five-year stint at Wooli, ran the Yamba station for a period in 2005 and most recently called Inverell home on a four-year posting.
A sergeant mobility program saw Williams coming up trumps with a transfer to Maclean.
“I've come back to my old post,” he said, with his family soon to join him in Yamba where he will reside for at minimum of three years.
Sergeant Williams' background in traffic and licensing can only mean one thing for drink drivers in the Lower Clarence.
“Too much alcohol is a bed bug of mine,” he said.
“People think that because they live in a small town, they are not going to get caught.”
But he assures us that they are in for a rude shock.
“Seventy per cent of all crime committed in NSW alcohol related, from malicious damage to domestic violence and assaults.”
He said alcohol plays such a huge role in crime and anti-social behaviour in our area and if we can curb its abuse we can curb the crime.
He said secondary supply of alcohol to minors is a specialty area for him and he's aiming to 'cut off the catalyst'.