Northern Police Commander promoted to Assistant Commissioner

HOBART ROLE: Northern District Police Commander Scott Tilyard will become Assistant Commissioner of Crime and Operations next year. Picture: GEOFF ROBSONHe hopes to see the trend continue around the State when he becomes Assistant Commissioner of Crime and Operations next year.
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The 42-year-old officer was named as Assistant Commissioner Luppo Prins’s successor and will take over the role when Mr Prins retires in March.

Cdr Tilyard was appointed to the Northern District in January 2003.

He said total crime was down 40 per cent and property crime such as stealing, damaging property and breaking into houses or cars had dropped 46 per cent.

Home burglaries were down 39 per cent, business burglaries 56 per cent, motor vehicle burglaries 55 per cent and vehicle thefts 45 per cent.

“The other area that we have managed to reduce slightly but not as much is person offences such as assaults, which are down 3 per cent,” Cdr Tilyard said.

While all police took personal satisfaction in reducing crime, police could not take all the credit, he said.

“We work with people in the community, local government and other partners, and a lot of those programmes are contributing to those reductions.”

Cdr Tilyard’s new role means he will be responsible for Crime and Operations across the State.

The rank is equal third in the hierarchy of Tasmania Police behind Commissioner Richard McCreadie and Deputy Commissioner Jack Johnston.

Cdr Tilyard begins working in Hobart next week.

“I’ve got a strong operational background and a lot of my time in the service has been in the operational area, particularly in recent years,” he said.

One of Cdr Tilyard’s new tasks will be working to reduce fatal road accidents after a bad 2004.

“We will be maintaining our high visibility around the State and focusing on the primary causes of serious crashes such as excessive speed, inattentiveness, excessive alcohol and failing to wear seatbelts.”

Cdr Tilyard began his career with Tasmania Police with a cadetship in 1981. He graduated in December 1982 and was posted to Launceston.

He worked in country stations such as Fingal, Bicheno and St Helens before moving into the Criminal Investigation Branch and later into police prosecution.

He also worked in the Poppy Task Force, in licensing and in Hobart at the Glenorchy and Kingston stations.

Cdr Tilyard was promoted to Inspector and was head of Hobart CIB for four and a half years before becoming commander of the Northern District.

Insp. Phil Wilkinson will be Acting Commander from Monday and has been named as a likely candidate for the top job.

Cdr Tilyard said the vacancy would be gazetted and no doubt some senior officers and inspectors would apply.

“I will miss Launceston,” he said. “All up, I’ve had half my career based here.”

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