Top cop’s mission: slash road toll
ROCKHAMPTON’S new top cop has an impressive list of credentials and an inspiring vision to make the city a safer place.
Even though Assistant Commissioner Alan Davey has transferred from the south-east, he’s clued right in on what the region’s main issues are.
He’s also a rural boy at heart.
Assistant Commissioner Davey said his main priorities would be to reduce our “horrendous” road toll, binge drinking and increase tourism by lifting the city’s image.
After starting out as a 16-year-old cadet he is still passionate about the Queensland Police Service 36 years down the track.
“It came as a surprise when I was told Rockhampton,” he said.
“But I’ve been moving around for 15 years and served in Mackay, so I know many people across the region.”
Assistant Commissioner Davey said the Central Region, which spans from Miriam Vale up to the Whitsundays and out to Longreach, had a good reputation.
As the boss of the state’s Operation Support Command he was in charge of a number of different sections which included the bomb squad, forensics, prosecution, state traffic, communications and specialised services (ie Water Police).
He officially took over in the Central Region on November 6, but moved to Rockhampton last week with his wife.
He will command 956 staff.
Assistant Commissioner Davey said with the state’s road toll now averaging one death per day – compared to an average of one homicide per week – reducing road-related fatalities would be his main priority this year.
“The Central Region has a horrendous record and it’s our biggest threat,” he said.
“The roads are less safe than our homes.”
Part of his plan to combat road deaths is to change people’s attitudes through education, engineering and enforcement.
“There are still a lot of drink-drivers and passengers without seatbelts, as well as motorists using mobile phones for conversations and text messages,” Assistant Commissioner Davey said.
“I make no apology that this will be our focus.”
Assistant Commissioner Davey also said calls for a drug squad to combat drug-related crime would be something he would look into.
He said another serious concern was the high level of alcohol abuse in CQ.
He said he was looking at changing the types of alcohol served at major events, as an example of combating this.
Tourism and making CQ a tourist friendly environment was also high on Assistant Commissioner Davey’s list of priorities.