Town loses its top cop to the Mid West

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Col­man Mar­garet River’s Sgt Brett Cas­sidy is prepar­ing to move on.

Af­ter five years serv­ing as the of­fi­cer-in-charge at the Mar­garet River Po­lice Sta­tion, Sergeant Brett Cas­sidy is mov­ing.

Sgt Cas­sidy grad­u­ated in 1990 and his ser­vice of nearly 30 years has seen him work across many re­gional towns.

Last week, Sgt Cas­sidy and fel­low of­fi­cer Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ian Southall were recog­nises for their roles as “first re­spon­ders” to May’s tragic Os­ming­ton mur­der-sui­cide.

The of­fi­cers were first at the con­fronting scene and, on Fri­day, re­ceived the Com­mis­sioner’s Medal for Ex­cel­lence at a cer­e­mony in Joon­dalup.

Sgt Cas­sidy said the in­ci­dent was a sig­nif­i­cant event in his ca­reer.

“I feel ex­tremely hon­oured to have achieved this award with it held in high es­teem within the WA Po­lice his­tory,” he said.

“Al­though the rea­son we achieved it was not ideal, in that no one wants to see a scene like what we were con­fronted with, I was proud to have shared the day with my family, friends and dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent Mick Suther­land, who has had a pro­found in­flu­ence on my ca­reer.”

Sgt Cas­sidy said over­see­ing of­fi­cers in his team reach ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions was an achieve­ment for them and him­self.

“Know­ing in some way I have con­trib­uted to this is a high­light,” he said.

Sgt Cas­sidy’s out­go­ing mes­sage was to thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port in giv­ing in­for­ma­tion on drug deal­ers.

“I am proud that since I have been here . . . at least one to two deal­ers a year are taken off the streets,” he said. Sgt Cas­sidy thanked his team at the Mar­garet River sta­tion for want­ing to make the com­mu­nity “safe, now and into the fu­ture”.

“Please sup­port them and the new of­fi­cer in charge,” he said.

He will be re­placed by former homi­cide de­tec­tive Sgt Luke Fowler.

Sgt Cas­sidy will take up the po­si­tion of of­fi­cer-in-charge at Don­gara Po­lice Sta­tion next month.

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