16 December 2022

Adventures of Special Constable Edgar Elf in the Riverina

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Special Constable Edgar E Elf and Riverina Police District Inspector for Community Engagement Jill Gibson

Special Constable Edgar E Elf and Riverina Police District Inspector for Community Engagement Jill Gibson working hard on the toy drive. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

There’s a new cop in town this year to check the naughty and nice list and keep our presents safe.

Earlier this month, the Riverina Police District welcomed Special Constable Edgar E Elf on exchange from the “Special Presents Unit” in the North Pole.

Despite his diminutive stature Special Constable Elf has extensive experience in community engagement and crime fighting and is not an elf to be left on a shelf.

Inspector Jill Gibson said Special Constable Elf had been working with the Riverina Police District to find how we fight crime down under.

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“Riverina and the North Pole are very different sorts of environments,” Insp Gibson said.

“He’s been working really hard and enjoys meeting so many great locals and seeing what we do as a police district.

“Edgar is a good elf, and he’s been working on the key message of being merry and kind.”

He’s also warned Riverina locals that Christmas is the only time we should allow large bearded home invaders into our living room.

Special Constable Edgar E Elf

Special Constable Edgar E Elf prepares for another busy day in the community with his milk and cookies at the Riverina Police District conference room. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Special Constable Elf had lessons on how to use the fingerprint machine where he saw the possibilities for “Naughty” or “Nice” applications at the North Pole.

He was also shown the Alcolyzer machine, and he told Riverina Police the machine would be very good in the North Pole as, at certain times of the year, elves overindulge in egg nog and drive.

Special Constable Elf has been heavily involved in the Riverina Police District’s toy drive since his arrival.

Special Constable Elf watches Die Hard. Photo: Riverina Police District.

“Edgar has some sweet connections through his North Pole Commander F (Father) Christmas, and we’ve been working hard on our toy drive for the disadvantaged kids in our local community,” Insp Gibson said.

“We’re getting a wonderful array of different presents to hand out later next week.”

The special constable met with local heroes from the SES, RFS, VRA, NSW Fire Brigade and NSW Ambulance and has put their names on top of the nice list for all their hard work.

Inspector Gibson said the special constable was also looking into all the support services available in the Riverina.

Special Constable Elf is shown the Alcolyzer machine. Photo: Riverina Police District.

“He’s met great people through the Men’s Shed … they’re kind of like little elves themselves,” she said.

“Edgar was impressed with the amount of wonderful things they do for the community.”

The special constable visited the stockyards and had a conversation about rural crimes.

Inspector Gibson said the special constable was interested in how the police stopped stock theft.

The special constable also took part in the Christmas tradition of watching Die Hard.

Insp Gibson said Special Constable Elf had assured her his best message for Christmas and new year was to have a happy and safe holiday.

“Rest, revive, survive, have a plan B, make it home to your family and friends and just be nice and merry to each other,” she said.

“A thank you and a random Merry Christmas can go a long way to changing someone’s day.”

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The special constable will report back to the North Pole on Boxing Day for his three-month annual leave.

Click here to follow the special constable’s work with the Riverina Police District until he leaves.

Members of the community who wish to donate toys or money can do so by popping down to the Wagga Police Station until Christmas Eve.

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