Popular cop transfers to Wheatbelt
Exmouth policeman Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg has this week left the idyllic blue waters and white sands of the town after more than two years at the helm of the local station.
Sgt Van Ben Berg has served as officer-in-charge since 2014 but left early this week to embrace a new lifestyle and challenges at Dumbleyung station.
He said he had been enthusiastic to join Exmouth police upon applying more than two years ago but with the great lifestyle it afforded it was not an easy position to get.
“I was one of 14 applicants,” he said.
“It’s very competitive, so you’ve got to have the runs on the board and demonstrate the ability to do it.”
Sgt Van Den Berg said working at a police station in a coastal paradise with a low crime rate meant his job in Exmouth had largely been about preventative police work and laying down strong foundations with the community.
He said there has also been a lot of emergency management involved, with cyclone Olwyn being a particularly memorable time.
“We certainly don’t have the crime and antisocial issues that the rest of the Pilbara has, so we tend to be able to get on the front foot a bit more,” he said.
“You’ve got to build community relations ... and certainly road policing is a big part of what we do.
“We get bucket-loads of tourists each year.”
Sgt Van Den Berg said he was looking forward to the challenge of working on a new set of law enforcement issues in the Wheatbelt.
He thanked the Exmouth police, the Shire, PCYC and community members for their help during his time in the role.
“I’m going to miss Exmouth immensely,” he said.
“I’ve loved my time here and made some really good friends. It’s difficult not to love this place.”
Outgoing Exmouth police officer-in-charge Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg.