VICTORIA Police’s North East Superintendent, Paul O’Halloran (pictured right), has reflected on his “fond memories” of Wangaratta as he returns to Melbourne to take on a new position in the force.
The experienced officer has been selected to fill the role of team leader of the 2019 Victoria Police Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, bringing his five years of service in Wangaratta to an end.
“Wangaratta is a beautiful place… with really good, self-reliant people,” Supt O’Halloran told the Wangaratta Chronicle at his favourite local place, Apex Park.
“I’m very sad to be leaving, but I feel like I’ve given it my all.”
While the Superintendent enjoyed his role as the divisional commander of the Ovens and Murray area, he admitted the job was sometimes challenging, noting the “high profile crimes” that have occurred in Wangaratta since his arrival in 2013.
“The murders of Karen Chetcuti and Zoe Buttigieg, as well as the Stocco fugitives and things of that nature have really upset and shocked a lot of people,” he said.
“But while these significant incidents have shocked the public… those incidents are relatively rare occurrences and people need to understand that this part of the world is in fact very safe.”
For Supt O’Halloran, the biggest challenge before Wangaratta was the impact of the drug ice.