Investigations into the incident indicate that their efforts to spread the word about Child Protection Week in the local community and schools has had unintended consequences.
An unknown graffiti artist is seemingly so engaged with the essence and messages of Child Protection Week from their local police that they have taken to the concrete walkway of the police station to show their solidarity with their local officers and the children of Blackall.
Sgt Ben Holdcroft says Police have been busy with the community trying to spread the message about Child Protection Week with engagement activities across all sections of the community.
“We knew people were passionate about the issue due to the highly positive feedback. This graffiti offence has really taken us by surprise. It just goes to show that everyone, even graffiti artists, care about the welfare and protection of vulnerable young people.”
Sgt Holdcroft says at the time of this report a suspect has not been formally identified.
“Early investigations indicate the suspect took advantage of knowing we were out and about in our community this week spreading the message about child protection issues. It appears they struck whilst we were out of the station engaging with our community.”
“On the upside, at least anyone who hasn’t been present for one of our community events will also receive the Child Protection Week message when they attend the station.”