The community's most vulnerable have been given an increased avenue of support with the appointment of an Aged Crime Prevention Officer for Orana Mid-Western Police District.
Detective Senior Constable Warwick Campbell, based at Dubbo Police Station, is one of 12 Aged Crime Prevention Officers to be appointed across NSW since July 2020.
The role was established amid an ongoing Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety across the state, to assist police districts in preventing and responding abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Detective Senior Constable Campbell joined the NSW Police Force in 2003 and worked at several locations including Manly, Orange, Griffith and Dubbo.
He has undertaken a variety of roles including working in child abuse investigations; however jumped at the opportunity to assist people who are vulnerable in our community and at a higher risk of being exploited.
The Detective Senior Constable said he was passionate about helping our elderly and vulnerable as they play a vital role in their communities and are often overlooked.
"Having not previously dealt with any government organisations including police, they are unsure of what assistance is available to them both personal and criminal," he said.
"Crime against the elderly and vulnerable is an issue throughout NSW and unfortunately there are people who prey on them, gaining their trust to take advantage of the relationship and exploit them in many forms be it financial, mental or physical.
"These crimes are particularly concerning, and the role is an additional resource to assist investigators. I look forward to continuing to assist the senior demographic in our community and ensuring they receive the best possible help."
The new role will assist police with investigating crimes against elderly and vulnerable and those who require other services not of a criminal nature.
"I assist with conducting security audits of victims of break and enter offences and attend community events and engagements to inform the community of the assistance available by NSW Police Force," Detective Senior Constable Campbell said.
"I look forward to continuing to assist the senior demographic in our community and ensuring they receive the best possible help."
The new role is part of a $583 million plan by the state government to provide 1500 additional police over the next four years. It's expected 450 police officers will be assigned within the first 12 months.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott said the changing nature of crime meant it was vital more police were introduced.
"This a major boost to ensure police have the resources they need to protect the community," said Mr Elliot.
"These officers include specialist police to deal with aged crime prevention, where an elderly person is the victim of a crime, and to monitor offenders on the Child Protection Register.
"Every police area or district in NSW will receive these additional officers across four years."
NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller said new positions will be created in the areas most in need.
Anyone with information about incidents, or with concerns involving senior community members are urged to contact the Dubbo Police Station on 6883 1599.