A country woman through and through, Chelsea Lieberwirth has been engaged with the Whyalla community for many years.
That kind of experience is likely to come in handy as she embarks on a new career with the South Australian Police as Whyalla’s first ever Community Constable.
Ms Lieberwirth had her first shift last Monday, and has enjoyed the work so far.
I want to help the community and become a role model for the young kids in WhyallaChelsea Lieberwirth.
“I love interacting with the community, there’s a focus on community engagement along with some operations duty. I’m loving it so far,” she said.
To prepare for the role Ms Lieberwirth participated in a 16 week Community Constable Development Program at Fort Largs Police Academy.
Ms Lieberwirth was very successful in her training, winning the Leadership and Efficiency award at the end of the program
“I want to help the community and become a role model for the young kids in Whyalla. It was always my intention to come back to Whyalla,” she said.
“With Community Constable roles you go back to the community that you know, so you have the networks you can use to establish a better rapport with residents.
“I’d like to see a better relationship between SAPOL and community, that’s something I’m looking forward to accomplish.”
Operations Inspector Mark Hubbard said Ms Lieberwirth’s role would help SAPOL engage more fully with the local indigenous community.
“Chelsea is bright, friendly and well respected. She will not only be an asset to the South Australian Police but to the Whyalla community, we are very proud to have Chelsea as part of our team,” he said.
“As a Community Constable, Chelsea will maintain strong ties with the aboriginal community and ensure that we are responsive to their needs.
“We are confident that the allocation of a Community Constable in Whyalla will contribute to our crime reduction efforts.”
Mayor Lyn Breuer said there had always been a need for a Community Constable in Whyalla.
“I have every confidence in Chelsea. I have known her since she was a little girl and I know that she will represent the aboriginal community well,” she said.
“That can make a big difference for families who may feel more confident talking to Chelsea.”