Mun­dar­ing’s top cop

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

OF­FI­CER-in-charge Jeff Tay­lor is a role model for cadet Kar­lee Barker, who took up her post with the Mun­dar­ing Po­lice team two months ago.

For Sergeant Tay­lor (41), who also joined as a cadet, col­lected an Aus­tralian Po­lice Medal (APN) at the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours awards in Govern­ment House on Fri­day last week.

He was re­cruited to the Po­lice Acad­emy in 1996 and sta­tioned at sev­eral met­ro­pol­i­tan lo­ca­tions be­fore head­ing to Nan­nup Po­lice Sta­tion in May 2004.

Two years later, he was pro­moted to the of­fi­cer-in-charge of Nan­nup Po­lice Sta­tion be­fore he trans­ferred to Wa­roona Po­lice Sta­tion as the OIC in 2010.

He was com­mended for work ethic and ded­i­ca­tion to re­duc­ing of­fences in Wa­roona, where the crime rate is the low­est it has been in six years.

The ci­ta­tion writ­ten in his hon­our said he is known to lead by ex­am­ple and demon­strate high ex­pec­ta­tions in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and traf­fic en­force­ment.

Sgt Tay­lor is known to en­gage well with the com­mu­ni­ties he rep­re­sents through e-news­let­ters and so­cial me­dia, re­sult­ing in a large fol­low­ing.

Most no­tably, he was re­spon­si­ble for the ini­tial re­sponse in a hostage sit­u­a­tion and safe res­o­lu­tion of an in­ci­dent in Bun­bury in De­cem­ber 2015.

Ap­pointed as the Po­lice For­ward Com­man­der, he com­mit­ted him­self to a dan­ger­ous and volatile sit­u­a­tion, help­ing co-or­di­nate a large-scale re­sponse re­sult­ing in the of­fender be­ing ap­pre­hended and the safe re­lease of the hostage.

When a bush­fire threat­ened Wa­roona in Jan­uary 2016 de­stroy­ing the town of Yar­loop, as the Lo­cal Emer­gency Co-or­di­na­tor he showed strong lead­er­ship to the com­mu­nity and played a piv­otal role in keep­ing peo­ple safe.

He was one of 48 po­lice of­fi­cers to re­ceive an award from the Gover­nor of Western Aus­tralia, Kerry San­der­son, at the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

The new­est mem­ber of his team, cadet Barker, joined WA Po­lice at the age of 17 through the first Abo­rig­i­nal cadet pro­gram.

She has worked on a com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gram for school leavers.

Sgt Tay­lor said crime in the Mun­dar­ing area was al­most 25 per cent lower com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

He at­trib­uted the high ‘solve rate’ at 56 per cent to work­ing in a close-knit com­mu­nity that had a strong en­gage­ment with the lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers.

Mun­dar­ing Po­lice Sta­tion is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 8am to 4pm and po­lice of­fi­cers work out­side the of­fice hours.

He said peo­ple could re­port a crime at any time by call­ing 131 444.

Pic­ture: Lynn Gri­er­son

OIC Jeff Tay­lor in the Mun­dar­ing Po­lice Sta­tion with cadet Kar­lee Barker.

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