Meet Richmond's new top cop
GREG Martin spent a ‘busy, head-spinning’ first day on the job yesterday as the new police commander of the Richmond Local Area Command.
“There are a lot of people here who I have not met before and remembering all the names will be the tough thing,” he said.
But there were plenty of faces that were not so new, as Supt Martin has twice been assigned to the Richmond area in the past.
He came here in 1990 to work as a member of the crash investigation squad and left in 1998.
He still sees road accidents and the consequent trauma as a major issue for police in the region, because of the Pacific Highway and the volume of motorists using it.
Supt Martin returned to Lismore in 2001 to serve as a bomb disposal technician – the only one between Sydney and the Queensland border at the time. Then, in 2002 he became Local Area Commander at Ballina, before stints at Mudgee, Bathurst and New England.
He sees it as a ‘difficult, challenging and diverse command’, and his goal is ‘to carry on the good work of my predecessor, Bluey Lyons, under whose leadership the performance of the command has improved significantly’.
He said he would like to be able to look back after his tenure – hopefully, a few years – and see that he, too, helped to reduce crime.
The other big issue for police in the area was break and entering, he said, and he wanted to send out a message that Richmond Local Area Command would be working hard to do the simple things well to tackle burglary.
Another goal was to work with other agencies for a more holistic approach to both social issues and crime, he said.
Supt Martin is glad to be back in the area. He liked Lismore, he said, and looked forward to returning to live on a 40-hectare property he bought not far from the city in 1990.