WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

Exchange Program Brings Australian Police Officers to Virginia

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

April 11, 2013

Local police officers had some backup from thousands of miles away.

Officers from Western Australia spent time with Albemarle County police on Thursday. The visiting officers rode along with County police as part of a Rotary exchange, which gives officers on both continents the opportunity to share ideas.

"It's about best practice. I'd love to be able to get some concept, or a procedure or policy or something like that, take that home and show the bosses, 'hey, look how they're doing it here, I think it's a good idea,' and be able to see that through to implementation. I think that'd be great," said Paul Daly, a police officer in western Australia.

"We've already made some great contacts. A lot of people shared ideas with us that we'll be taking back," said Aaron Biggs, also a police officer in western Australia. "Just simple little things that are common everyday practices over here but are completely foreign to us over home. The sticky floors in front of the [firing] range to capture lead contaminants as they leave the range. That's something that we just don't have and it's a simple, two dollar little thing that's stuck on the floor but it'll make a big difference back home, so there's lots of things we'll certainly be keeping in contact with the boys about. "

Daly said there are more layers to American law enforcement from county to city to university.

A similarity is drugs and alcohol concerns and traffic violations. "People are bad drivers all over the world," joked Biggs.

A district of Rotary in Virginia put together a group study exchange with a district of Rotary in Western Australia.

"They're job is to facilitate opening doors," said Daly of the Rotary organization. "To give us that opportunity to get ourselves somewhere, [that,] if we just visited...by ourselves, we'd probably never achieve."

The officers have been to Manassas. They spend about four or five days in an area. They will be in America through May 7.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 202650211