Top cop on the move
By ZOE SATHERLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH his boyish charm, warm and friendly manner, and smiling blue eyes, Insp Tony Crandell is the very antithesis of what you'd imagine a tough, top cop to be.
But it is his toughness, knowledge and experience that have just won him a new job as a superintendent. Insp Dave Larkin will replace him.
Insp Crandell will leave Richmond Local Area Command tomorrow to take up his new role as superintendent of Deniliquin Local Area Command, three hours north of Melbourne.
His wife, Angela, sons Joshua, 14, and Luke, 3, and baby daughter Siann, 11 months, will go with him.
"I am very excited but also sorry to be leaving my parents who live up here, and a wonderful group of friends and colleagues," he said.
Insp Crandell said he had been applying for a promotion for more than 18 months and was just about to shelve his ambitions for a while.
He had even considered joining a law practice.
"The promotion process is absolutely daunting and very intense," he said.
"You could be the best police officer in the world, but if you don't know how to put together an application you won't even get to interview."
Insp Crandell said he spent many weeks working on each job application he had submitted.
He prepared for each interview as if studying for final-year law exams.
"I hit the books for hours and hours over many weeks because you are examined over so many areas of knowledge and competency," he said.
Insp Crandell arrived in Lismore as a senior constable in 1997.
Looking back on his time here, he said his greatest successes have been the collaborative relationships that have been built with Lismore City Council, hotel licensees, the departments of Housing and Juvenile Justice -? especially probation and parole officers -? and with the media.
"We have gone from policing pretty much on our own to now having a whole team of people working together with common objectives," he said.
He cited the Lismore Liquor Accord as his greatest single achievement.
"Hotel licensees used to be afraid of us, and had a perception we were out to get them," he said.
"Now we work very closely to-gether to make Lismore the safest place in the State in which to go out at night."
He said the Department of Housing now worked closely with police to move out troublesome residents who did not follow reasonable standards of behaviour.
"That is making many local neighbourhoods much safer and more enjoyable places in which to live."