A HORSHAM police officer wants to see more Wimmera residents join the police force.
After many years of working in the region, Horsham's Leigh Creasey has been promoted to the rank of senior sergeant.
Senior Sergeant Creasey began his career with the Victoria Police in Melbourne, before making the move to regional Victoria.
"I was at Coburg and Moonee Ponds before going down to Warrnambool," he said.
"I spent quite a few years there, and then came up here to Horsham as a detective about 2001 or 2002.
"I then took up the sergeant position at Horsham about five years ago and then about 18 months ago I became the officer in charge of highway patrol.
"I was promoted to senior sergeant earlier this year."
Senior Sergeant Creasey said he wanted to get more police officers on the ground throughout the region.
"The challenges in this role are around service delivery and it's about trying to get as many people out on the road as I can," he said.
"I'm looking at getting an extra car out during the week between 1pm and 9pm, we're looking at getting an extra car out during the night shift.
"It's all about juggling resources."
Senior Sergeant Creasey said he would also like to see more people in the community join the police force.
"Retention and attraction is another focus," he said.
"We've been very lucky, at the start of the year we had seven people from the police academy start in Horsham.
"Hopefully we can get some locals to join the police force - most people who come here are from the area originally, so if we can get them into the academy, they can come back to Horsham and work here.
"It's difficult for us when we have lots of vacancies because it means we can't get those extra cars out on the road."
Senior Sergeant Creasey said what he enjoyed most about being a police officer was the variety of work involved. "There are lots of areas to cover and lots of challenges," he said.