It’s not always easy for a police officer to blend in with a small community but there’s no doubt Burren Junction thinks Senior Constable Paul Matts is a ‘top cop’ after the fun and free community day he organised for the town on the weekend.
SC Matts said he wanted to put on the event to thank residents for their generosity and also to take their minds off the drought.
“I thought it would be good to do something that shows that I’m appreciative, and I wanted to give something back,” said SC Matts.
On Saturday, Burren Junction Oval was buzzing with activity as families travelled from far and wide to be part of the action.
“It was great, a better turnout than I thought,” said SC Matts.
Member for Barwon Roy Butler as well as SC Matts’ colleagues from the Walgett police station also attended.
Some of the police officers even put on their riot gear so the children could throw water bombs at them.
“The day humanised the police a bit, we’re keen to have fun too,” added SC Matts.
As the sun started to go down, families gathered in front of an outdoor, pop up movie screen to watch Toy Story 4 and Aladdin.
“I’ve secured an inflatable screen and projector which I will donate to the Burren Public School P and C at the end of the event for future use,” said SC Matts.
SC Matts thanked everyone for coming and also the local volunteers who helped make the day possible.
“It’s nice to see such a positive event being put on for people,” added Mr Butler.