Financial assistance for officers and the preservation of history is at the forefront of a new project for the new Taree Police Station.
In partnership with NSW Police Legacy, Manning Great Lakes Police District will create a walkway at the entrance to the new station with engraved pavers bearing the names and registered numbers of current and former officers.
The opportunity is also open to members of the public.
Manning Great Lakes Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Shane Cribb said officers, both past and present, and members of the public will be able to cement their place in history and support Legacy.
"What we want to do is support Legacy as best we can but we also want to provide some type of history to the police station so that in years to come, those people who have been employees of Taree Police Station can look back with their children, grandchildren and great-grand children and have some type of history of their parents working here," Commander Cribb said.
All money raised through the project will be donated to Legacy.
"Legacy is a wonderful organisation for all police employees," Commander Cribb said.
"It supports officers who have been killed in the line of duty, their children and partners, police employees in hard times, both financially and welfare."
The walkway will be for employees while those pavers engraved with the names of members of the public will go on the outside.
"I would hope we get a considerable amount of interest, past and present police officers is my main priority for the history side of it and they are the people who may use Legacy," Commander Cribb said.
"What I want to see from the community is the support they provide to their local police."
I would hope we get a considerable amount of interest, past and present police officers is my main priority for the history side of it and they are the people who may use Legacy.Shane Cribb, Manning Great Lakes Police District Commander
The idea was spawned from a conversation between Commander Cribb and other officers about ideas to preserve the history of the old station.
The feedback from former employees at the recent Retired Officers Day was conclusive.
"We were speaking with officers who were here years ago and think now about how good it would have been to walk up here today and grab a brick out with the name of a grandparent, great-grandparent or relative from 200 years ago and take it back home," Commander Cribb said.
"We hope in 200 or 300 years, however long the new police station lasts, we are hoping we can achieve that."
About 500 pavers will be used for the project. The cost of a paver is $75 for police and $100 for the public.
To purchase a paver, visit https://tareepaverproject.gofundraise.com.au/. You have until Friday, November 1 to do so.