Work done to increase staffing levels at the Cowra Police Station by local Senior Constable Andrew (Bushy) Buchtmann has been recognised with a special award from his peers at the Police Association of New South Wales (PANSW).
On Tuesday night he was presented with a Branch Official of the Year award at the Association’s delayed Biennial Conference in Wollongong.
In accepting the award he commented that his work was about allowing officers to respond effectively to the community’s policing needs and to promote the safety of police officers. Originally a “Penrith boy”, Senior Constable Buchtmann has been stationed in Cowra for eight years.
In presenting the best interests of fellow officers, and also the best interests of the local community, he successfully mounted a campaign to increase the number of police officers from 12 to 17 – with strong support from the other Cowra branch members and Detective Senior Constable Stuart Chang.
Sen Cont Buchtmann added: “This one is for you too Stuart”.
“Living and working in a smaller community is great, and I really do want to thank the community for their support”.
Region Executive member Chris Jordan said it was too often the case that small country towns were forgotten unless pressure was applied to improve working conditions and numbers.
“Bushy’s campaign in Cowra, backed by Organiser Rod Sheraton and Industrial Officers Sarah Pope and Peter Richardson created what was needed to be noticed and for changes to be made,” Mr Jordan said.
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