NSW Police Comminsioner Andrew Scipione in Griffith

VISITOR: Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione with Inspector Tony Reneker as part as his farewell the troops trip around NSW. PHOTO: Liam Warren

VISITOR: Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione with Inspector Tony Reneker as part as his farewell the troops trip around NSW. PHOTO: Liam Warren

OUTGOING NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione travelled to Griffith to pay to troops one last visit.

Having taken the seat of Commissioner 10 years ago, he will be stepping down from the position when a replacement is named in the coming weeks.

Mr Scipione said this trip was to thank the cops for the outstanding job they have been doing.

“It was a chance to come out here and meet all of the cops and to share a last sandwich with them,” he said.

“Most importantly to simply say thank you for what they have done for the organisation.”

Mr Scipione also had the key issues impacting not only the police but also the community right at the forefront of his mind during the trip.

“There are any number of problems that these police would deal with on a daily basis there is the scourge of ice and we all know the impact that has, but there are other crimes,” he said.

“Crimes types that are just intractable like domestic violence, the number of homicides, sexual assaults so these men and women are doing a tremendous job, but many of these problems are so deep-rooted you can't deal with them exclusively as police.”

The outgoing commissioner said it came down to the community playing a significant role in ensuring there is a wider ownership of some of these issues.

“We have seen such in community attitude they embrace their police they value their cops so in that regard they are doing really well,” he said.

“I think the thing that I would ask communities to do is to continue to work with us to make sure we are taking around the dinner tables about ice to our kids to sort of say look you shouldn't do this.

“Let them understand that there is a terrible price to be paid for taking drugs like that.”

Mr Scipione finished by congratulating the community for their backing of the police.

“I just want to thank the people of Griffith for their support of the cops and ask that you continue to support them,” he said