Senior Sergeant Damian Ferrari has been in the position for three months, and has spent this time transitioning into the role after the retirement of Senior Sergeant Matthew Wood.
"Having been in the position for three months, I am pleased to say that Matt left the station in fine running order which has made the transition much easier," he said.
As a member of the police force for 27 years, Snr Sgt Ferrari has had a diverse career, performing duties in a wide variety of areas.
"I have spent a number of years working at Ararat, moving away at times to pursue opportunities and promotion," he said.
"The times spent at Ararat have provided me with the opportunity to understand what it is the Ararat and surrounding community expects from their police and where we as police can focus our attention to achieve the best results.
"Ararat Police rely heavily on the assistance and support of the local community and it is vital that we continue our excellent relationship and work together to achieve results that are satisfactory to us all."
The type of work experienced by police is quite diverse and Snr Sgt Ferrari said in Ararat this is no exception.
However, Snr Sgt Ferrari said there were a few areas that Ararat Police were focusing heavily on at the moment.
"Family violence is one of our primary focuses. Victoria Police has made significant progress in the prevention and detection of family violence and there is a strong commitment to prevent family violence, detect perpetrators and protect victims of this inexcusable crime.
"Family violence should not and will not be tolerated in any way shape or form and I encourage victims, friends, relatives and the community to report incidents to the police so that the appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner.
"Assaults that are non family violence related are also of concern. This means assaults in private premises and public places and venues. Many of these assaults are alcohol related and occur between parties that are known to each other. This is not acceptable and never will be. Violence of any sort will not be tolerated in our community and all assaults will be fully investigated and placed before the courts if applicable.
"Youth are over represented in our local court system and this concerns me greatly. I see the youth as an investment in our future but far too many times I see them get involved in things that are easily avoidable.
"As parents we have a responsibility for our children. I am keen to work with parents and the community to have greater influence on our at-risk youth. This would involve avoidance to drugs, alcohol, violence, damages, driving/passengers in vehicles and peer associations.
"I make the commitment to the community that Ararat Police will work hard to achieve these things and I ask the community to make the commitment to assist the police in this achievement."
Snr Sgt Ferrari said if any members of the community have information or can assist Ararat Police in any way, contact the Ararat Police Station on 5355 1500 or ring Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.