The police officer-in-charge of Huntly has said he has had little to no crime reported in the area.
Huntly residents yesterday called for a police station to be built in their town, in the wake of an out of control party at the weekend.
Leading Senior Constable Darren Scherger covers the Huntly area as part of his duties at the Goornong station.
But he said he was not on duty when concerned residents called police on Saturday night.
“When I’m not working it is covered by Bendigo police and it is the responsibility of the supervisor on duty there whether I am called out or they handle it,” he said.
Leading Senior Constable Scherger manages all aspects of police duties – including crime and traffic management – from Goornong to Huntly.
“My hours vary as to requirements,” he said.
Leading Senior Constable Scherger said he had “very limited” call-outs to Huntly since he took up his position in October last year.
“Even with its growing size and population I haven’t had any crime reported in the area for two to three months,” he said.
“I attend the hotel regularly but there’s been zero problems except for a broken window about a month ago.
“There are some areas like Station Street and around Barnadown where traffic issues need to be cracked down on in regards to speeding, but I am working on that.
“If hot spots do pop up they will be targeted.”
He said police relied on the public to be proactive when it came to helping them police parties. “With parties, if we are not made aware of them we can’t prepare for them,” he said.
“Partysafe forms can be filled out which helps police manage the situation if there are gatecrashers or the party gets out of hand.”
Partysafe forms can be filled out at a local police station or online at www.police.vic.gov.au/partysafe